“Too many, too soon!” is the favored battle cry of the anti-vaccine crowd. Too many shots, too many antigens, too close together.”
AcademicEarth believes that everyone has the right to a world-class education, and recognizing the existing barriers in academia, they have continued their efforts to curate a collection of free online courses from the world’s top universities.
This video specifically looks at just one canard anti-vaccine parents cite as why they refuse to vaccinate, and why it’s misguided.
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Video from AcademicEarth: Too Many Too Soon?
QualiaSoup looks at various reasons for how superstitions arise and why, citing research that has been conducted over the last few decades, including the study of superstitious behavior in pigeons.
A very interesting look at our perception of the world around us, and how our perception of what is occurring is based on sensory systems that don’t gather all the details we may think they do.
In April last year, pharmaceutical company Key-Sun Laboratories were unable to substantiate claims they had made in an advertisement for a cold & flu product to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Complains Resolution Panel, Australia’s consumer protection watchdog for therapeutic goods.
The product, “Oscilococinum” is a manufactured by Boiron – who themselves were the target of a million-dollar class-action lawsuit for the same product, which they settled for $5 million dollars.
The findings by the TGACRP outlined in this document noted that Key-Sun, the advertiser, presented two studies to the TGA in an attempt to demonstrate the product was effective in relieving “fever, chills, body aches, and pains” as part of a cold or flu.
The findings include:
The Panel was satisfied that this evidence was not of a type, range, or quality that could support representations made in advertisements directed to consumers. The Panel also noted that the advertiser had not provided evidence that the studies provided reflected the full balance of evidence available in relation to the advertised product.
Big Pharmaceutical companies such as KeySun need reassess just why they are in the market place; this a blatant financial exploitation of the ignorant and misinformed, and their actions only reinforce the false tenants of homeopathics to those who could very well die as a result.
Unsurprisingly, many cynical advocates of homeopathy don’t consider similar products to fall under the category of “conventional” medicine, but considered an alternative to medicine.
I’m inclined to agree – Homeopathy is not medicine.
Check out this first release for 2013 of the Royal Institute of Australia’s Vodcast, A Week in Science.
Hosted by RiAus Director, Dr. Paul Willis, the three minute clip runs through a series of interesting developments in science over the past week.
Check it out:
Uploaded last March, the video was produced by AJ Salas. Dream of Tomorrow features Neil deGrasse Tyson, renowned science advocate and astrophysicist.
Tyson’s speech is from his testimony at the Senate Science Committee in March, 2012 regarding the US governments’ budget for NASA.
This is audio of Bertrand Russell’s Lecture to the National Secular Society’s South London Branch at the Battersea Town Hall on March 6, 1927.
Photos from a Boxing Day Visit to the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, back in 2011.
Two part series of Sam Harris at IdeaCity’05 discussing beliefs and how they impact the world we live in.
While one of the more intellectual responses I have seen to Dawkins, McGrath’s points are ultimately utilitarian – ie: Having faith that God exists assists people to make sense of the world, therefore he exists.
A 15 Part series, videos are relatively short ~5 Minutes.