Tagged: Skepticism

Future History: Apocalypse Then - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Mar 29, 2012

End of the world predictions and scenarios abound, we have always been fascinated with our own demise it seems. Last year I covered the predictions of Harold Camping and the relatively small following he had in his advertising the apocalypse campaign. This year we have the Mayans to blame and it’s rather more wide spread [&hellip … Read More

First, Do No Harm - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Mar 21, 2012

Primum non nocere A while ago I was accused of advocating that doctors should break the Hippocratic oath. That the cardinal rule of “First, do no harm” should be ignored. Setting aside that this phrase does not appear in the Hippocratic oath, what do we mean by harm in the context of medicine? I was [&hellip … Read More

The Role of Experiments in Science - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Mar 20, 2012

In an attempt to widen my horizons I have been listening to the Philosophy Now podcast out of the UK. A recent episode concerned philosophy of science (ep 29) and the host asked an interesting question: “Why do we have to have experiments when sometimes we can get away with observations?”. The point he was [&hellip … Read More

Thai Yoga Massage: Herald, Wherefore Art Thou Sense? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jan 13, 2012

So here I am, again latching onto the brilliance of others and writing my own counterpoint to the nonsense that is currently being run in the NZ Herald under the “Alternative Therapies” summer fluff. Previously Alison kicked us off by looking at the use of medicinal leeches, as did  Siouxsie, and Michael took on Ayurvedic [...] … Read More

Breaking News!: Have Constipation? Moxibustion Won’t Help! - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Dec 06, 2011

What’s Moxibustion, And why would you want to use it for constipation? The first I can answer, the second…not so much. Moxibustion is the practice of burning ground up mugwort and applying the smouldering plant indirectly or directly to the skin to alleviate illness. In the indirect method acupuncture needles are inserted and the burning … Read More

Confounding Variables - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Nov 01, 2011

Over at Psychology in Action there’s a decent post on confounding variables. The focus is on conducting and reading research and determining good research study practice but I think there is value in everyone knowing what confounding variables are.  So what are they? Well, read that post…… Ok, good. Another example that I got in [...] … Read More

Get Your Up-To-Date Vaccine News - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 19, 2011

Thanks to my recent single-minded posting I’ve stumbled across this resource that pulls together news and blog posts on vaccines and anti-vaccine topics. It uses a cool functionality of Scoop.it to collect posts which are then “curated” by a real person (hate those obviously fully automated ones that often ping my posts). Vaxfax monitor is [...] … Read More

Defending The Term ’Anti-Vaccine’ - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 17, 2011

I have spent some time recently labelling the IAS as anti-vaccine. They themselves categorically state that they are not anti-vaccine. Who am I to say that I’m right and they are wrong? Well, nobody really. I can’t read their minds, although if I could would that change anything? All anyone can do is examine their [...] … Read More