Archive for January, 2012

Are We Psychic?

January 15, 2012

Last week the Daily Mail carried an article by Rupert Sheldrake suggesting that psychic powers such as telepathy and premonitions are more common than we think. What’s the evidence? (more…)

Deflecting Criticism 3 – Whataboutery

January 8, 2012

Another very common means of deflecting criticism is ‘whataboutery’ where the supporter of the criticised viewpoint leaps up with a tangental or even totally unrelated problem you have not criticised. For example, you might criticise homeopaths for making dodgy claims and a homeopath comes back with “What about thalidomide?” with the intention of derailing the discussion to thalidomide and away from homeopathy. (more…)

Eternal Youth Is Just Around The Corner. Not.

January 4, 2012

Fount of Youth?According to certain tabloid newspapers this morning (4 January 2012), the age-old dream of eternal youth is almost upon us, via a modern sciency method of stopping the aging process by means of stem cells. (more…)

Deflecting Criticism 2 – Ad Hom Attacks

January 3, 2012

A favoured tactic of people who are finding the evidence against them a little overwhelming and difficult to refute is to resort to an ad hom (from the Latin ad hominem – to the man) attack i.e. attack the critic not the arguments s/he is making. It has certainly been popular among some who post comments here (and indeed on other sceptic blogs). (more…)

2011 in review

January 1, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 31,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.