Skeptic Fails and Wins This Week

Good day, skeptics!  I hope you all take advantage of what is left of the summer, right after you read the fails and wins this week.

Examining acupuncture, one needle at a time
Lorne spotted this article about acupuncture in the Globe and Mail.  It’s hard to say if it’s a fail or a win overall, but I give it high points for mentioning the word “placebo” 6 times.

Weapons expert warns Wi-Fi in schools could cause birth defects
Here’s another fail related to the wi-fi “controversy” involving Ontario schools.  In this story, a “weapons expert” chimes in about the risks of microwaves affecting us at the “DNA level”.  What is his evidence for the harmful effects of wi-fi?

There are no scientific studies that categorically state there is no harm from prolonged exposure.

Sorry buddy…lack of evidence is not evidence, it’s fail.

Monster hunters continue search for creature in Vancouver Island lake
Have you ever heard of the Cameron Lake Monster?  Neither had I until I read the story.  Apparently locals have been talking about it for years, and now the B.C. Scientific Cryptozoology Club is looking for it.  I was ready for this story to be a fail, but was pleasantly surprised. It’s a bit credulous, but not as much as I would have thought.  I’ll let you decide if it’s a fail or a win. Let me know what you think in the comments.

That’s the fails and wins this week!  Keep me in business by sending links to links [at] skepticnorth [dot] com

2 Responses to “Skeptic Fails and Wins This Week”

  1. Chris says:

    I just asked dear hubby who is from Port Alberni. No, he has never heard of the Cameron Lake Monster. Since much of his family still live in Nanaimo and Port Alberni, if the locals have been talking about it for years… they have not revealed it to those who have migrated south to Puget Sound.

    I’ll ask my mother-in-law next time I see her. This is while we go through all of the old family pictures she dumped on me (which includes several photos on the shores of Cameron Lake!). Though during the last session I found out her father was had been in a Scottish-Canadian military regiment, a uniform that I saw on display in the Royal BC Museum last week! (this is all the more interesting since his father dragged him to Alberta to homestead to avoid military service in Denmark… obviously something went wrong)

  2. Michael5MacKay says:

    I think the acupuncture article is overall a fail. It appears to be a reprint of a New York Times article that Orac took to task over at Respectful Insolence.


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