Gun control, 10 bad arguments, and maybe some ammunition for productive conversations

Introduction: Tragically, yet another mass shooting in the U.S.A. has sparked some somber conversation.  Slightly less tragic, but still horrible, are the irrational tropes that are derailing some potentially constructive arguments (Figure 1).  This article will quickly examine some of … Continued

Why you should read scientific journal articles and 7 tips on how to do it

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Introduction: Scientific journal articles are generally considered to be only for other scientists.  But you don’t have to be a scientist to be science-minded or scientifically literate.  Anyone can benefit from reading science articles.  And, correspondingly, everyone does benefit from … Continued

Dietary supplements: costly snake oil perpetuated by greed and gullibility

Introduction: Some conditions require the use of dietary supplements, but they are mostly unnecessary with modern diets.  But this doesn’t stop the supplement industry from making buckets of money.  Dietary supplements raked in $32 billion in profits in 2012 and … Continued

Quick analysis of a woo-poll (a survey on woo annoyance) and unexpected discussion on the perceived “harmlessness” of GMO-woo and scientific illiteracy

Introduction: I conducted a quick, unscientific poll using a third-party Facebook app to test the app and the general interest in polls.  The poll was designed to be easy to take and appealing to the followers of the Scienceosaurus blog.  … Continued

The oldest human ancestors may be European and much older than previously thought

Introduction: New research suggests that the earliest human ancestors may have evolved in Europe hundreds of thousands of years before African hominids.  This evidence contradicts the current scientific consensus that Humans evolved in Africa and migrated later to Europe. Background: … Continued

American climate change denial: the opinions of others defened by illogical arguments

Introduction: The vast majority of Americans accept the reality of climate change.  Most also seem to understand that climate change will be bad for us humans.  However, this doesn’t seem to have much effect on American behavior.  Furthermore, some American … Continued

Red herring logical fallacies are flopping around in way too many arguments

Introduction: A red herring is a type of logical fallacy that misdirects an argument through the introduction of irrelevant information.  This tactic is either disingenuous or clumsy and is all too common amongst anti-intellectuals and politicians. Background: Logical fallacies: Logical … Continued

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