Be skeptical of former ‘skeptics’
Despite what the ads claim, trying a product yourself is actually a lousy way to find out if it’s any good
Jonathan spotted this win in the Ottawa Citizen, by skeptic Brian Dunning. Brian, of the excellent Skeptoid podcast, discusses the value of anecdotal evidence, and cautions us to beware of advertising that says “I was skeptical until I tried it”.
Mobile phones must display radiation levels, says San Francisco
Erik spotted this article in the UK Telegraph. Apparently San Francisco plans to require that stores selling mobile phones will have to display levels of radiation that the phones emit. I see the article as a fail, since it seems to play up the scientific debate that mobile phones may be harmful. But it does finish off with a very skeptical statement:
“There is no accepted theory to explain how, or if, these weak radio waves can affect the body beyond heating it to a very small degree.”
So what do you think? Is it a fail or a win?
Naturopath Jonn Matsen says eating lots of fruits and vegetables can sometimes make you sick
If you read my column every week, you know there’s one thing I REALLY hate and that’s free advertising for woo in the form of journalism. I’m gonna coin a phrase and call it “woovertising”. The Georgia Straight printed this crap about your nine “liver dwarves” and how too many vegetables can make you sick. Yup, I said “liver dwarves”. You just have to read this one to believe it.
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