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Posted inHealth, Pseudoscience, Science

Alternative medicine treatment put four-year-old boy in A&E

Reading Time: < 1 minute The BBC reports: The plight of a four-year-old boy who nearly died after his parents gave him 12 alternative medicines has prompted doctors to warn against the treatments. Doctors at Newham Hospital in east London said the parents were “devastated” that their good intentions had made him so unwell. The boy took a dozen supplements […]

Posted inUncategorized

The Star of Bethlehem in Alternative “Scholarship”

Reading Time: 9 minutes In my work in looking into the various theories about the Star of Bethlehem, I have primarily focused on efforts to explain the Star that are in the scientific or biblical studies literature. That will provide something of an orthodoxy, either with scientific ideas that have to be less than outlandish or with religious notions that do not drift far from conservative or evangelical thinking.

Posted inClimate Crisis, Science

A Genius…and a Global Warming Skeptic

Reading Time: 4 minutes This one is from a few years ago, but it came up in conversation elsewhere (that I was having with Jonathan). In an entertaining and provocative article in Atlantic magazine, Kenneth Brower takes a journey into the mind of Freeman Dyson, one of the most brilliant and productive scientists alive today. A Nobel laureate for his […]

Posted inBooks, Psychology

Interview with Dr Caleb Lack

Reading Time: 2 minutes A few years back, I interviewed my friend and former SIN colleague, Dr Caleb Lack. Since then, we have worked together on a number of book projects, and he has recently released a formidable book, getting many plaudits: Critical Thinking, Science, and Pseudoscience: Why We Can’t Trust Our Brains I am hoping it will get […]

Posted inUncategorized

Death Is Not Final Debate – Sean Carroll, Steven Novella vs Eben Alexander, R Moody

Reading Time: < 1 minute Some commenters, on the two threads on Near-Death Experiences, have mentioned Eben Alexander and how good his book is etc. Firstly, they need to read the robust repsonses: Sam Harris – This must be heaven Esquire – The Prophet Why Evolution is True – Eben Alexander’s bogus trip to heaven The Wire / The Atlantic – The ‘Proof […]

Posted inScience

The Science of Near-Death Experiences (part 2)

Reading Time: 9 minutes Yesterday, I introduced the topic of Near-Death Experiences (NDEs), and today I will talk about naturalistic, scientific explanations for such phenomena. The problem with scientific explanations and hypotheses for such phenomena is that they aren’t as fun and exciting as some funky spiritual world operating in parallel, or whatever NDErs believe. This rather less romantic […]

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