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Breakfast TV Touting Pseudoscientific Adrenal Fatigue Michael Edmonds Aug 11

This morning on the Breakfast show on TV1 there was a piece on “adrenal fatigue” and how more and more people are displaying symptoms. The moment I heard the vagueness of this term, I had to wonder if it was a real medical term or pseudoscience. Minutes later another pseudoscience red flag went up when [...]

Gluten Free & Pseudoscience Michael Edmonds Aug 10

There is little doubt that some people have an intolerance to gluten and that a gluten free diet is an appropriate way to address this. However, the gluten free diet is also associated with pseudoscience in terms of what it can achieve and how it is diagnosed. Take, for example, the recent news that tennis [...]

Lego Research Institute Now Out Michael Edmonds Aug 10

Last year Sciblogs Siouxsie Wiles pointed out in an open letter to Lego that they could do a better job with regards to overcoming gender stereotyping. It appears that Siouxsie’s suggestion coincided with other similar complaints and that Lego have now done something towards that – excitingly in the area of science by producing an [...]

Family First on “Supporting” Transgender Students in Schools Michael Edmonds Aug 05

I used to think that it was the irrational arguments of religious conservative groups that bugged me the most, but on watching this clip from Breakfast television I find it is the lack of empathy for those that do not fit into their little box of “normal” that is even more irritating. The clip is in [...]

Taking an Experimental Approach to Weight Loss Michael Edmonds Aug 03

I need to lose some weight. The was the conclusion I came to on a Friday night just over a week ago when my bathroom scales told me I weighed 92.2 kg, which according to a BMI calculation for my height and weight puts me into the “overweight” category. Not the best place for someone [...]

Let’s Talk Politics Michael Edmonds Jul 23

Well it is less than two months until the next general election in New Zealand and I must admit I feel more unsure than ever about who I will vote for. Traditionally I have tended to vote Labour because they have always seemed to have a good social conscience while avoiding what I used to [...]

New Campaign to Boost Engineering Numbers at Polytechnics Michael Edmonds Jul 23

Yesterday, an new initiative to encourage enrolments into engineering qualifications at polytechnics was launched by Steven Joyce, a move welcomed across the polytechnic and industry sectors. Graduates of the three year Bachelor of Engineering Technology and the two year New Zealand Diploma of Engineering are in demand in industry – according to the National Engineering [...]

Why Skeptics shouldn’t have Heroes Michael Edmonds Jul 21

While there are some skeptics who I admire for their contribution to skepticism there are none who I would describe as my heroes. Assigning someone “hero status” implies that they can do no wrong, and more importantly, that their decisions or behaviour is beyond question.  This is not a valid skeptical position, as we are [...]

Egyptian Army Claims Cure for HIV and Hepatitis C Michael Edmonds Jun 30

Apparently the Egyptian army has developed a new cure for hepatitis C and HIV, described in the following video. The claims about this device contain many of the trappings of pseudoscience – a secretly developed device using “electromagnetic waves”, a conspiracy to suppress the invention, however, the obvious giveaway in this story is the inclusion [...]

What do we expect of scientists … and is it too much? Michael Edmonds Jun 18

Depending on your point of view there are many things that are expected of scientists excellence in research great teacher effective administrator skillful grant proposal writer good mentor and research group co-ordinator media savvy science communicator All up this is quite a wide ranging and challenging list, so much so that I would suggest that [...]

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