The Multi-Zayn Theory

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 27, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

WIVB television in Buffalo quotes our testimony to the FDA in a story on the regulation of homeopathic products.

Pakistani human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud is gunned down by unknown assailants immediately following an event for her campaign on behalf of those abducted by Pakistan's security forces. 

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Dr. Oz Accuses Critics of Trying to Silence Him

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
April 24, 2015

Superstar TV personality Dr. Oz, after nearly a year of being criticized for promoting unproven "miracle" products and medical misinformation on his popular daytime TV show, has fired back at his critics.

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65 Million Dollars of Belief

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 24, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

I went on HuffPost Live yesterday, along with other smart folks that included CSI Fellow Steven Novella, to talk about the Oz Imbroglio, just as Oz's own coworkers pen an op-ed saying not to fire the guy, but to maybe regulate him a bit. On my own blog iMortal, I posit that the last few months have been pretty good for exposing science denial for the crap that it is. 

The Charleston Gazette editorializes against Oz-like TV pitchmen, and cites the latest special issue of Skeptical Inquirer.

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Oztroversy

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 23, 2015

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Dr. Oz is apparently about to come out swinging. He'll address his critics on his show today, and I don't get cable so I'll just have to wait for it. Alas. He also has an op-ed at Time where he defends himself, and will do little to make the skeptical community feel any better about him:

When I interview an unusual or interesting person on my show, often it’s expository or out of fascination—not to tell my audience they should see a psychic instead of their primary care physician. ... Critics often imply that any exploration of alternative methods means abandoning conventional approaches. It does not. In fact, many institutions like mine use the names “complementary” or “integrative” medicine, which is also appropriate. 

I'll be going on HuffPost Live today at about 3:20pm ET to talk about the Oztroversy, hosted by Point of Inquiry's Josh Zepps.

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An Essence of Naysaying

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 22, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

CFI's Michael De Dora did more excellent media work yesterday on the FDA homeopathy hearings, as a guest on L.A. NPR affiliate KPCC's AirTalk, along with a rather uninspiring homeopath for "balance." His work was also covered by PulseFDA News, the Health Day newswire (here in the Philly Inquirer), Discovery News via our own Ben Radford, and at the journal Science:

“By its own definition, homeopathy cannot work,” Michael De Dora, director of public policy at the nonprofit Center for Inquiry’s Washington, D.C., branch, told the panel in his Monday presentation. Several large metastudies, including a recent analysis by the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia, have concluded that homeopathic remedies are no more effective than placebos for treating any condition. “We need not spend much time on this,” De Dora said, “as the federal government is well aware of the scientific evidence against homeopathy.” 

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The Wizardry of Oz

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 21, 2015

 

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Well Played, Lions

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 21, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

Michael De Dora was a guest on NPR's To the Point with Warren Olney yesterday, discussing the FDA hearings on homeopathy in which he gave testimony. The Washington Examiner notes Michael's efforts, and The Guardian checks in with CFI-L.A.'s Jim Underdown for comment.

Meanwhile, CFI-Michigan's Jennifer Beahan weighs in on a controversy over the Bible verse at an Ottawa County park, at The Detroit News.

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Don’t Worry: Be Unhappy

by David R. Koepsell
April 20, 2015

The modern cult of happiness worships positive thinking as the means to a fulfilled life, and has spawned entire industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to self-help empires. Recent science purported to support the notion that happiness, or the number of positive thoughts we have, is somehow tightly linked to empirically measurable success in life. This science has been shown to be flawed, and the entire thesis that suggests that happiness is vital to the good life is philosophically suspect.

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There Are Lots of Quacks Out There

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 20, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

What'd you miss the last couple weeks? Probably lots, 'cause we're so crazy busy. Here's the latest Cause & Effect newsletter

CFI's Michael De Dora testified this morning at the FDA's hearings on the regulation and marketing of homeopathic products (original announcement here), and really was an all-too-rare voice of reason and science in a room full of pseudoscience promoters. He totally knocked it out of the park, like BAM! BAM! You know? Anyway, here's Michael's written testimony. Hemant gives us kudos. NPR previews the hearings with input from CSI Fellow Steven Novella

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An Otherwise Ambiguous Practice

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 17, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

The FDA is going to hold public hearings on homeopathy and guess who's been invited to be the voice of reason? Us!

Michael De Dora took part in a discussion on religious freedom at the Newseum last night, and I think it's supposed to be viewable here, but it's not loading for me, so I dunno.

Theologian Milt Hankins opines at the Herald-Dispatch about changing moral standards, and cites with some astonishment Ron Lindsay's book The Necessity of Secularism.

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