Tagged: Skepticism

Persistent Vegetative States and the Problem with Facilitated Communication - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Nov 25, 2009

If you read the print version of the NZ Herald today you would have seen featured on the front page a miraculous case of a man [Rom Houben] recovering from a persistent vegetative state and communicating with the world through a touch screen with the help of a carer. The topic of persistent vegetative state [...] … Read More

Natural Health Expo(sed)? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 15, 2009

Driving around Hamilton the past few weeks I couldn’t help but notice the signs sprinkled around the city for the “Natural Health Expo” which is to take place here this week end. As I perused the website for this event yesterday I was disturbed by the large number of anti-scientific “treatments” that will be showcased. [...] … Read More

Harriet’s Toolbox - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Sep 26, 2009

Harriet Hall of the Science Based Medicine Blog gave a talk at the Skeptic’s Toolbox workshop at the University of Oregon in August. The power point slides for this talk are now up on the Skeptics Toolbox website for all of us to benefit from. Head over there and check it out, the talk was [...] … Read More

Measles Outbreak - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Aug 07, 2009

There was a story in the NZ Herald this week regarding a Measles outbreak in Auckland and the response to this event by the Powers That Be. Whether or not the action taken (keeping unvaccinated children at home following possible contact with carriers)  is correct, either practically or ethically is a question that will be endlessly discussed [...] … Read More

Vitamins and Exercise - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jul 31, 2009

I think it’s safe to say that in recent years the push to “Become Healthier” has become much stronger than it was previously. Statistics like 1/4 of New Zealand adults are obese and New Zealand being the “3rd Fattest” country in the world are used to promote a lifestyle that is aimed at making us [...] … Read More

Project Implicit - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jun 29, 2009

Are you sexist? Have a tendency to think that women should stay out of science? Do you prefer the company of straight people over that of gays? Like whites more than blacks? In these enlightened politically correct times it is socially unacceptable in most circles to answer yes to many or all of these questions [...] … Read More