All Posts Tagged With "availability heuristic"

Vaccination: The Anatomy of Fear (incl. Soundtrack)

Vaccination: The Anatomy of Fear (incl. Soundtrack)

04 November 2010 by Erik Davis

My colleagues, and others around the web, have been doing an admirable job combating the nonsense that Joe Mercola and Barbara Loe Fisher are peddling as part of their so-called Vaccine Awareness Week (VAW).  It’s especially gratifying to see, considering the size of their organization and audience, that a rag-tag, loose association of bloggers can […]

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Posted in Cognition, Critical Thinking, Health, Media, Skepticism, Vaccines2 Comments

Book Review: <em>Risk</em> by Dan Gardner

Book Review: Risk by Dan Gardner

10 September 2010 by Erik Davis

When Jeff said of On Being Certain that it shook his epistemological world, I knew exactly what he meant.  For me that moment came a few chapters into Dan Gardner’s excellent book Risk.  While I like to think that my disposition to skepticism is innate, Risk was the book that opened my eyes to the […]

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Posted in Canada, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Reviews, Skepticism5 Comments

The Spooky Pull of Sympathetic Magic

The Spooky Pull of Sympathetic Magic

16 August 2010 by Erik Davis

Ethan’s recent article on the best way for skeptics to dialogue with non-skeptics definitely hit home, and is something I’ve struggled with.  Being confrontational is tempting — after all, who doesn’t love to prove how right they are?  I am certainly sympathetic to the view presented in the comments by some readers that good manners […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Pseudoscience, Skepticism7 Comments

Making the Streets Safer Through Math

01 June 2010 by Erik Davis

It was a tragic death, sweetened only by an act of parental love and the knowledge that it could have been worse.  On January 12th, Marites Mendoza was struck and killed by an 83-year old driver who ran a red light, pushing her stroller out of the way just in time to save her 12 […]

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Posted in Canada, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Health, Media, Ontario, Probability and Statistics, Skepticism1 Comment

Guest Blog – Fishing for Toxins (part 2 of 2)

Guest Blog – Fishing for Toxins (part 2 of 2)

10 December 2009 by Erik Davis

Today’s guest blog is Erik Davis’ followup to his post from Sunday. Part 1 was published on Sunday, December 6. Anyone interested in contributing to Skeptic North can email the editors, skepticnorth [at] gmail [dot] com. As we discussed in Part 1 of this article last Sunday, there’s a significant disconnect between the way the […]

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Fishing For Toxins (part 1 of 2)

06 December 2009 by Erik Davis

Today’s Guest Blog is a 2-parter brought to you by Erik Davis, and is titled, Fishing For Toxins. Part 2 will be published on Dec 10. One of the things that has continually struck me about the H1N1 debate is just how much of the dialogue has revolved around the presence of mercury in the […]

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