All Posts Tagged With "magical thinking"

Acupuncturist claims cervical cancer is for prostitutes

Acupuncturist claims cervical cancer is for prostitutes

27 January 2012 by Richelle McCullough

While doing some digging into the quackery of a local acupuncturist, I came across a sentiment that I found more than usually appalling. In her story of why she became an acupuncturist, she tells a melodramatic tale about a positive Pap smear test result that changed her life*. There’s all the usual makings of an […]

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Posted in Alberta, Alternative Medicine, Health, Medicine, Skepticism, Vaccines21 Comments

What Can The View Teach Us About Genderless Babies?

What Can The View Teach Us About Genderless Babies?

31 May 2011 by Erik Davis

  By now, you’ve no doubt gotten wind of the controversy caused by two Toronto parents who decided not to tell the world the gender of their new baby, Storm. The story jumped from our national press across the 49th parallel, where the hosts of ABC’s The View had this to say: These positions are […]

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Posted in Canada, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Media, Skepticism12 Comments

CBC Marketplace Investigates Homeopathy: A Review

CBC Marketplace Investigates Homeopathy: A Review

14 January 2011 by Kim Hebert

Benefiting from the Atlantic Time Zone, I got to be one of the first to watch CBC Marketplace on Friday night (darn you, Newfoundland!) where they covered the topic of homeopathy. Here are my impressions. First, I want to praise Marketplace for not offering false balance on the issue. Homeopathy is not something about which […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Media, Pseudoscience, Reviews40 Comments

A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 5

A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 5

29 October 2010 by Erik Davis

This is the final installment of my five-part series on Magical Thinking, which began on Monday to elaborate on the themes of my talk at  Skepticamp Toronto last weekend. Previous installments: Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4. Engaging the Non-Skeptic Hang around the skeptical community long enough, and you’ll inevitably […]

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 4

A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 4

28 October 2010 by Erik Davis

This is the fourth installment of my five-part series on Magical Thinking, running Monday – Friday this week, which picks up on the themes I introduced at Skepticamp Toronto last weekend.  Parts 1, 2, and 3 are here, here, and here. On Holism, Contagion, and Sympathy In the last article in this series, we discussed […]

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 3

27 October 2010 by Erik Davis

Welcome to the third installment of my five-part series on Magical Thinking, running Monday – Friday this week, which provides more background for my talk at Skepticamp Toronto last weekend.  You may wish to read Part 1 and Part 2 first, to put this post into context. On Essentialism & Vitalism In yesterday’s article, we […]

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 2

A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 2

26 October 2010 by Erik Davis

This is the second installment of a five-part series on Magical Thinking, running Monday – Friday this week, that fleshes out my brief talk at Skepticamp Toronto last weekend.  Part 1 is available here. On Dualism In the first article in this series, I explored how we might create an ontology for Magical Thinking.  Rather […]

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 1

A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 1

25 October 2010 by Erik Davis

Just in time for Halloween, I’ll be presenting a five-part series on Magical Thinking that will run from Monday – Friday of this week, picking up on the theme of my talk at Skepticamp Toronto last weekend.  The first instalment is below: Toward an Ontology of Magical Thinking A few months ago, I wrote an […]

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