Happy New Year, skeptifans! Let’s hope 2011 sees more critical thinking than 2010. Here are the Fails and Wins you sent me this week.
Looking at what the stars have in store for 2011
Anthony found this Fail to ring in the New Year. There are a lot of things we have learned by looking at the stars. By staring at the sky, we have learned that the Sun is a star and our planet rotates around it. We’ve learned that the Universe is expanding, and it started from a Big Bang. We’ve learned that the chemicals we are made from were generated in stars. These are amazing discoveries, and there is so much more to learn. But looking at the stars to see which astrological sign will become wealthy this year, which will fall in love, and which will encounter difficulties? Fail.
Foodie’s guide to 2010
Art found this tiny fail in an article about 2010 food stories. On slide five they mention the story of the Ontario farmer who got into trouble for selling raw milk. They described the story as “a food fight that pits the freedom of consumers against the protection of regulators”. That’s an interesting way to frame it. How about mentioning the real issue? Unpasteurized milk poses a risk to public health. Some say this risk is minor enough that people should be given the choice. That may be a debate worth having. But framing this as a fight between greedy regulators and public freedom is a Fail.
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