Anti-Science

Hope for the Aftermath of the Creation “Museum” Fundraiser Debate

Hope for the Aftermath of the Creation “Museum” Fundraiser Debate

Like many others, I am not thrilled about tonight’s Ham vs Nye debate. Others have expressed reasons far better than I can, the most cogent, in my opinion, being that no matter what happens, Ken Ham has won by being able to pocket all the money to support his “museum” and any other Answers in Genesis projects to obfuscate and lie in the name of godly education. This is a bad thin... »

The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming: You’re Not Healthy Enough, AKA The Mike Adams

The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming: You’re Not Healthy Enough, AKA The Mike Adams

‘Alternatives’ to the germ theory of disease have been known from time to time to blame the victims of disease, and though the inventors and backers of these dubious theories may believe that they’re fighting for some kind of hidden truth, the reality is that their explanations are both patronising and potentially dangerous. »

On Vaccinations

On Vaccinations

It seems like many preventable childhood illnesses, such as measles and pertussis, have been making an unfortunate comeback recently. From January to March 2013 alone, over 500 measles cases have been recorded in England (compare this to the 2011 figures from the whole of the UK- 334). In all of 2010, there were only 374 cases. Sadly, this seems to suggest that Britain’s problems with vaccin... »

The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming 4: Selling Miracles

The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming 4: Selling Miracles

There’s no whimsical way to start a blog post about terminal diseases, especially in regards to the people trying to make a quick buck out of those stricken with them. The absence of hope that can accompany such a bleak projection can lead to desperation, and that desperation is profitable, if you’re willing to sell a miracle. »

The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming 3: Legitimate Rape

The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming 3: Legitimate Rape

It’s hard to talk about victim blaming without talking about women’s rights, and if there’s something republicans have been very good at in the last few years it’s pointing out how anti-scientific this victim blaming of women is. This goes beyond the already appalling ‘she probably deserved it’ and ‘she shouldn’t have dressed like that if she didn... »

The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming: The Shift of Control

The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming: The Shift of Control

Step one in the disempowerment of self-empowerment is the removal of external influences. The world is a big, scary place, full of bad people, disease, unfortunate circumstances, and the ever-lingering probability that something awful will happen to you. If pretending this isn’t the case is what a particular pseudoscience requires, then we’re in the business of denial. »

The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming: Introduction

The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming: Introduction

We’ve all heard it somewhere before, whether it be through The Secret, through Spirit Science, through self-help books, Oprah, Greg Braden, Theta Healing, and all manner of things that claim to be beneficial, enlightening, or self-empowering – victim blaming, taking the unfairness out of the world by pinning everything that goes wrong as a personal mistake. This self-empowerment smells... »

Ken Ham: Children Are Belongings

Ken Ham: Children Are Belongings

After an incalculable (because I’m lazy) amount of time, I’m back to rant more about nonsense that fits under our umbrella! For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Ken Ham is an Australian young-Earth creationist who markets creationism to children by way of picture books, the Creation Museum, and presentations to groups of very young kids. He espouses a belief that dinosaurs and h... »

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