Hello skeptifans. The snow has finally come to my fair city, so I will be hibernating for the next few months. But, I managed to crawl out of bed to bring you your Fails and Wins this week.
Science still can’t explain the colour red
Art sent in this article from the Globe and Mail. I’m not really sure what to make of it. It starts by discussing scientism, a word that for me personally has never been the mark of a good discussion, but goes on to discuss the science (or lack thereof) of consciousness. In the end, the article manages to get into some really interesting stuff. Would you call it a fail or a win?
MS patients lack followup after vein therapy
Marion and Lorne both spotted this story at the CBC. We are now starting to hear about the fallout from MS patient who have sought out the unproven vein widening treatment. After travelling around the world and spending large amounts of money, these patients and their doctors, are left dealing with the side effects. While I can’t bring myself to call this story a Win, I hope that other MS sufferers will see the stories and be wary of seeking out this treatment until there is evidence behind it.
Jaap spotted this on the Horoscope page of The Province newspaper. Featured in the “If your birthday is today” section is Carl Sagan. Apparently skeptics weren’t the only ones celebrating Carl Sagan Day. Newspaper horoscopes tend to be harmless fun. I have no idea if Georgia Nicols even believes the stuff she writes. She doesn’t seem to sell any expensive services on her website, although I’m sure she gets paid reasonably well for her horoscopes to appear in various newspapers. To feature Carl Sagan on a horoscope page is just too funny. Jaap also linked to this snippet from Cosmos, that sums up Sagan’s opinion on astrology pretty well.
Baby, don’t fear the WIFI
Reader Michael5MacKay spotted this win in the Kapuskasing Nothern Times. Despite having grown up in Ontario, I had to look up where Kapuskasing is. The answer? It’s North. It’s in that giant round part of Ontario that I thought no one lived in. But, it looks like it is indeed inhabited, and there are skeptics up there to. This column is an opinion piece on MP Carol Hughes’ recent call for Health Canada to change it’s stance on the safety of wi-fi. And the opinion is dead on. Health Canada says wi-fi is safe, because that’s what the overwhelming amount of evidence says.
Well, that’s the Fails and Wins this week! Stay warm, and keep those links coming to links [at] skepticnorth [dot] com.