Polar bears, climate change, and the derailing power of appeals to emotion

Introduction: Polar bears are often depicted as lovable mascots for the arctic (Fig 1) and horribly threatened by climate change.  They may be lovable.  And they may be threatened by climate change.  But the fact that we don’t like dead … 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

Crystals are not magic! vanadinite edition

Introduction: Vanadinite is a beautiful crystal (Figure 1).  However, some woo practitioners, who are inspired by its attractiveness and inhibited by their own ignorance, think that this mineral has magical powers.  This is not the case. Vanadinite background: Firstly, vanadinite … Continued

kinesio tape sticks to skin, but seems ineffective for most other things

Introduction: For highly competitive athletes, the pressure to win is enormous.  Unfortunately, this pressure can make athletes grasp for the winning edge with a desperation that breeds credulity.  One form of this credulous behavior drives athletes to plaster colorful, stretchy … Continued

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