For thousands of years, people across multiple cultures in many parts of the world have looked to the stars to predict events on earth. But is there actually any substance behind astrology? Western Astrology The current system used in Western countries is based on the work of the Greek scholar Ptolemy in the 2nd century … Continue reading Is Astrology Scientifically Accurate?
With the anti-vax movement picking up more steam than it ever deserved to have, kids are being put at risk from serious preventable illness. Unfortunately, the anti-vaxxers aren't just putting their own kids at risk, they're increasing the risk for other kids as well. Herd immunity refers to the extra protection that comes from vaccinating … Continue reading The Science Corner: Herd Immunity
One of my major pet peeves is pseudoscience, which Google defines as "a collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method." There's a lot of pseudoscience out there in the world that can spread easily and quickly via the internet, and it often astonishes me what people will believe. There's also … Continue reading How to Spot Pseudoscience
I'm trotting out a reworked version of a post I did last fall because flu session is coming, and it's time to decide whether or not to get the influenza vaccine. There are a lot of myths floating around the influenza vaccine, and it's always better to make choices related to your health that are … Continue reading Will the Influenza Vaccine Make You Sick?
A couple of people commented on a post I did on dopamine fasting and said they'd be curious to see my take on reiki. Well, here it is. What is reiki? First, what exactly is reiki? The International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT) says that reiki "is based on the idea that an unseen 'life force … Continue reading Reiki: Does it Work as Advertised?
I have an issue with pseudoscience masquerading as science, and I've ranted before about the law of attraction and homeopathy. Whether these ideas have any associated value or not isn't my concern. My problem is when science-like concepts are used to trick people into believing that an idea is science-based. My current rant is about dopamine fasting. … Continue reading The Dopamine Fasting Myth
The term fake news has been popularized by the current U.S. president, but how good are we at distinguishing fact from fiction? The volume of information on the internet is truly astonishing. There's quite a bit of good, but also a whole lot of crap. Sometimes it's fairly easy to tell that a website is unreliable, … Continue reading Separating Fake News From Fact
I'm a little big gross. Maybe more than a little, who knows, but I'm all for the 5-second rule, or even a 5-minute rule, for that matter. The 5-second rule has been proven to be entirely invalid in terms of germs attaching themselves to an item that's fallen on the floor, but my question would … Continue reading The Five Second Rule
On a somewhat regular basis I read or hear someone talking about vibrational frequencies and thoughts vibrating and all that jazz. This is often in relation to the so-called law of attraction. This concept doesn't stay in the metaphorical realm; instead, it's not uncommon to see quantum physics being used to justify these kinds of ideas. … Continue reading Do thoughts vibrate?
On a recent post of mine, Dangerous Voyage left a comment mentioning a research study and a documentary about it that I might be interested in. I was interested, and sufficiently so that I wanted to share it with all of you. The Dunedin Study has followed a group of 1000 individuals born in 1972 in … Continue reading The Science Of Us
There have been a couple of articles on the Canadian news site CBC.ca recently about homeopathy that have caught my eye recently. One was about claims that homeopathy could prevent measles (referred to as homeoprophylaxis), and another was about the Canadian government funding an aid mission to Honduras involving a delegation of homeopaths claiming to cure … Continue reading Government-funded quackery
Recently I watched an episode of the Netflix docuseries A User's Guide to Cheating Death that challenged the idea that "natural" is always good for you. I also saw a post by Trish on The Introspective Salon on the same topic, so I decided to throw in my own two cents about the issue of whether … Continue reading Is “Natural” Better for Your Health?
I have previously written about improving research literacy to gain greater understanding of mental health research. In that post, I described some of the terms commonly used in research. In this post, I'll talk about some of the common types of research design for both quantitative and qualitative studies. Quantitative research Quantitative studies yield quantifiable … Continue reading Research design and Why It Matters
It's flu vaccine time of the year again. Whether you choose to get the vaccine or not, is that choice based on accurate scientific information? While there may not be one decision that's right for everyone, it's safe to say that making a choice based on myths is a mistake. How do vaccines work? When … Continue reading Can the flu vaccine give you the flu?
It's Media Literacy Week November 5-9, 2018, so I wanted to write about media literacy when it comes to one of my favourite go-to sources of information, Wikipedia. We've come a long way since I was in high school and the World Book Encyclopedia reigned supreme. Still, with World Book you could pretty confident that the information … Continue reading Media literacy week: How to be a discerning Wikipedia user