Hello Skeptifans. Here’s your Fails and Wins in the media this week.
A Fighting Spirit Won’t Save Your Life
Anna sent in this Win. We often hear that positive thinking can help people recover from disease or injury faster. But there is no evidence that optimism helps at all. This story presents a quick history of the positive thinking movement, and the mental games that convince us there’s something to it.
Council committee votes to end use of fluoride in Calgary’s water
Lorne sent in this story. It looks like the anti-flouride crowd had a victory in Calgary. A council committee vote showed a big majority saying no to flouride.
Victoria citizens’ group advocates for science-based politics
David sent in this story. A Victoria based citizens group called Scientific Victoria has been trying to inject some scientific thinking into local politics. Recently they were involved with banning indoor tanning for people under 18, as well as discussing the safety of wi-fi. Check out ScientificVictoria.org for information on this group. And also check out PublicScience.ca. It’s a site about scientists in Canadian civil service.
If only there were a shot against irrational fears
Lorne and Erik both sent in this Win. Even though Andrew Wakefield has been thoroughly discredited, the antivaxers have not stopped pushing the idea that vaccines cause autism. The article points out how this conspiracy theory seems to have taken hold in a highly educated part of the population.
That’s the Fails and Wins this week, folks. See you again next week. Don’t forget to send your links to links[AT]skepticnorth[DOT]com.