The Circle: Adam Van Langenberg on his High School Sceptic Society

It’s been six months since Adam Van Langenberg appeared on Australia’s Morning Panel Show “The Circle” talking about how he went about setting up a High School Sceptics Society!

If you missed it, here’s Adam:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9_5E6YpIpA

Work like this, IMO is the best way towards progress; teaching kids HOW to think, not WHAT to think.

Be sure to check out @ScepticSchool on Twitter for updates, and get in contact with him (@vanAdamme) if you’re a teacher or in the Education System and you’re interested doing something similar!

Kudos!

Mike Adams: Fighting Strawmen for $10,000

I had heard of Health Danger Mike Adams’ challenge a while back and thought nothing off it (just another Big Pharma conspiracy theorist). Mike is one of those people who gets celebrity status amongst some people – without them really knowing what he’s about. He promotes Health, which in itself is great – but they don’t notice where he gets all crazy and deluded – and that’s where the problems begin. Sort of like when the Shorty Awards (A twitter-based award) came about and as a result of losing, started blaming “Big Pharma” and the votes being rigged, despite an investigating finding that a large component of his votes were from Twitter User Accounts specifically set up to vote. – Orac covers this one awesomely.

Not the First Time

And yet, surprisingly (or not) while looking up information about this very post I stumbled upon Mike Adams’ “challenge” regarding vaccines. Yes, he’s a Vaccination Nut too. Thankfully, A Drunken Madman looks at Health Dangers’ challenge and explains why it’s a bullshit campaign to make it look like he’s a “ranger”.

The James Randi Educational Foundation

Now, the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) has a standing offer of $1,000,000 to anyone who can PROVE any of a number of paranormal claims. e.g. ghosts, physic abilities, homeopathy, etc.

The tests administered are there to prove an objective claims, and are agreed to by both parties. The rules are pretty simple. Prove the claim. That’s it.

Of the challenge, the JREF has this to say:

The Foundation is committed to providing reliable information about paranormal claims. It both supports and conducts original research into such claims.

At JREF, we offer a one-million-dollar prize to anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event. The JREF does not involve itself in the testing procedure, other than helping to design the protocol and approving the conditions under which a test will take place. All tests are designed with the participation and approval of the applicant. In most cases, the applicant will be asked to perform a relatively simple preliminary test of the claim, which if successful, will be followed by the formal test. Preliminary tests are usually conducted by associates of the JREF at the site where the applicant lives. Upon success in the preliminary testing process, the “applicant” becomes a “claimant.”

Notice the language used; the formal, reasoned nature of the challenge. It doesn’t harp on. It’s succinct.

NaturalNews’ Mike Adams

And here we have Mike “Health Ranger” Adams and his obnoxious, self-righteous “challenge“. Either he is too stupid to understand medicines, willfully ignorant and refuses to learn, or he has specifically set out to create a false challenge to protect his money.

On behalf of the natural health community and all the free citizens of our world who have had their health freedoms stolen from them by a corrupt, dishonest and utterly criminal pharmaceutical industry, I hereby challenge the drug companies to produce a single medicated person who can beat me in a contest of strength, endurance, flexibility, coordination and adaptability.

I’m offering $10,000 to any drug company that can produce a single person taking eight “health enhancing” pharmaceuticals (see below) who can beat me in the competition described here. If they beat me, I write them a $10,000 check out of my own personal bank account. On the other hand, if I win, they have to donate $10,000 to the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center, where I will direct the funds to be spent on providing nutritional supplements for low-income expectant mothers.

The drug companies, you see, claim that the more drugs you take, the healthier you become! Cardiovascular drugs, they say, improve the health of your cardiovascular system. Antidepressant drugs improve the health of your brain, and blood thinning drugs improve the flow of blood through your veins, they insist. So shouldn’t a person taking five, six, or even eight drugs be healthier than a person who takes no such drugs?

According to the messages broadcast in Big Pharma’s television ads, I should be the least healthy person alive today because I take no drugs whatsoever: No prescription drugs, no over-the-counter drugs and no recreational drugs. If you believe Big Pharma’s position that drugs make you healthier, then it should be a very simple matter for Big Pharma to come up with somebody who has better cardiovascular health than myself, right?

Think about it: There are over 300 million people in America. More than half of them take prescription drugs. That’s over 150 million people from which Big Pharma can choose in order to beat one guy (me) in a contest of physical health.

And yet, as you’re about to find out, there is no person on these medications who exhibits excellent physical health. They simply don’t exist. And why? Because drugs make you sicker, not healthier, and the more pharmaceuticals you take, the sicker you get! http://www.naturalnews.com/023476_health_drug_drugs.html

Before he has even got to the details of his “Challenge”, it is clear he is making a convoluted series of Straw Man arguments. However, it’s in the “Rules”, that we see the most irresponsible, and ignorant thing that he demands from its participants – that the challengers be multiple given drugs, regardless of whether they are appropriate or not for them – and not just for a short period, but at least a year.

My challenge is extended to any pharmaceutical company with more than $250 million in annual sales. Subjects selected for the competition must be taking the following pharmaceuticals (and must have been taking them for one full year in order for the “health effects” to fully kick in):

• COX-2 inhibitor (anti-inflammatory)
• Blood thinner drug (like Coumadin)
• Blood pressure drug (like Toprol)
• Statin drug (anti-cholesterol)
• SSRI drug (antidepressant)
• Sleep drug (like Ambien)
• Hypertension drug (like Norvasc)
• Antibiotic (like Amoxicillin)

Furthermore, subjects cannot be taking any nutritional supplements or eating superfoods, since these are precisely the things that conventional medicine insists have no health benefits whatsoever in the human body. So I’ll be taking all the nutritional supplements, and the drug company participant will be taking all the medications.

Participants will have to sign a full disclosure relieving me of any responsibility for their own death, since the level of physical exertion in this competition may very well be enough to cause a medicated person to die of a heart attack or stroke. (After all, these drugs kill 100,000 people a year, and most of those people aren’t even exerting themselves…)

Furthermore, given the overwhelming advantage of allowing the drug companies to select any person from among 150 million drug-taking American consumers, I’m giving myself the relatively minor advantage of choosing the five events of the competition, which will be revealed when the challenge begins.

To prove they are serious in this challenge, any participating pharmaceutical company must deposit $10,000 with the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center, which will keep their deposit if they lose the competition. If they win, the Consumer Wellness Center will return their deposit, and I will personally write them a check for an additional $10,000.

Challenge participants can be of any age over 18. Yes, at the age of 38, I will gladly compete with challengers half my age, as long as they are on the required medications.

If any participants have the gumption to show up, this event will be filmed and broadcast on NaturalNews.com, YouTube, Google Video and other online video outlets. Further details of the participation requirements and legal contract are available by contacting NaturalNews through our feedback form: http://www.naturalnews.com/feedback…

There are quite a few other details to this, such as travel arrangements, who pays for the blood tests, video broadcast rights, and so on, so if any drug company seriously wants to step up to this challenge, contact us for full legal details. – http://www.naturalnews.com/023476_health_drug_drugs.html

Do you like the part where he slips in that wants his challengers to be taking a Sleeping Drug? Or where rather than escrow, he opts to have the money deposited in to the coffers of the “Consumer Wellness Center”, of which he is the Executive Officer and founder?

And aside from the obvious Naturalistic Fallacy, It’s is blatantly clear to those with an informed, basic knowledge of medicine that he has no good understanding of what medicines are, or how they should be used.

The only thing to do is to ensure others’ have the capacity to see through bullshit like Adams’ through reason and logic.

An arduous task.