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Like I Needed Another Reason To Lose Weight

Darcy Cowan Apr 01, 2010

Now it turns out that in addition to all of the other health risks of being overweight we have to worry about, we are also in greater danger in car crashes. At least for us men. Men tend to carry a larger proportion of their mass in the upper body than do women. The purpose [...] … Read More

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Seducing Scientists into Science Communication

Darcy Cowan Mar 25, 2010

When it comes to science communication I (and I assume many of the bloggers I am aware of though I’d rather not put words in their mouths) do so because of a perceived lack in the mainstream media (MSM). Along with this is a frustration with the amount of unscientific thinking among the general public, [...] … Read More

I’m Certain That I Can Certainly be Wrong or Confidence and Memory, Is one a Good Measure of the Other?

Darcy Cowan Mar 05, 2010

A man is the sum of his memories, you know, a Time Lord even more so. The Doctor, in “The Five Doctors” We all know that our memories can’t always be trusted, time and life tends to erode the confidence we have in our memories. At least that is the case for normal memories. We [...] … Read More

Intelligence, Monogamy and Journalistic Licence

Darcy Cowan Mar 02, 2010

Last week news came out about a study linking intelligence with liberal attitudes and atheistic beliefs, oh and in men an increased tendency for monogamy. Today I read the NZ Herald‘s short take on the study, a semi-chauvinistic piece pointing out how we evolved intelligent men can think our way to monogamy while those sexually [...] … Read More

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New Zealand Pharmacy Ethics in Relation to Homeopathy in the Wake of Homeopathy Report

Darcy Cowan Feb 24, 2010

Earlier this year I wrote a post (along with fellow Sciblogger Grant) concerning the sale of homeopathic remedies in pharmacies. Monday night saw the release of England’s Science and Technology Committee’s “Evidence Check 2″ report on Homeopathy (also ably covered by Grant). One of the issues covered by the report is that of pharmacy responsibilities [...] … Read More

Facilitated Communication Case Fails to Deliver

Darcy Cowan Feb 16, 2010

The indefatigable Dr. Novella has been keeping track of the Facilitated Communication case of Rom Houben and via his blog I have learned that further investigation into the case has failed to deliver the goods. As a refresher, late in November last year the news broke of a man who had been misdiagnosed as being [...] … Read More

What is the Harm of Alternative Medicine?

Darcy Cowan Jan 26, 2010

Yesterday fellow Sciblogger Grant posted about homeopathic medications in pharmacies and questioned the legitimacy of reputable organisations selling such patent snake oil. The comments to this entry reveal one of the most frustrating aspects of speaking out against unscientific medicine and can be summarised thusly: “I’m far too sophisticated to be taken in by this [...] … Read More

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Smoking Bans and the Effect of Health Warnings

Darcy Cowan Jan 21, 2010

In the world today there is an increasing focus on the negative aspects of smoking and a concerted attempt to reduce the presence of smoking in society. Given the harmful effects of this addiction on not only the active smoker but those around them this seems like a prudent move. Two of the approaches with [...] … Read More

I Trust You More if I Think You Think I’m Attractive.

Darcy Cowan Jan 13, 2010

As always things aren’t as simple as headlines suggest and the headlines of science based blogs are no exception. Of course people don’t actually go around assessing how attractive other people think they are and modifying their behaviour accordingly. These psychological biases and effects go on below conscious awareness but the point is that they [...] … Read More