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The Memory of Water

The main premise behind the practice of homeopathy is that water has a memory. Homeopathy as “medicine” is created by introducing an ingredient or specific chemical into a water or alcohol base that would cause the symptoms (in a healthy person) that you are trying to cure in a sick …

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Salt Therapy: Take It with a Grain of Salt

Recently, I’ve been hearing more and more about salt therapies, or halotherapy, and its supposed benefits. According to the .pdf I just linked to in my opening sentence, “Salt Therapy is the best known method to detox lungs and remove toxins naturally. It is a drug-free, non-invasive treatment, that alleviates …


Trolls, Evolutionary Psych, and Homeopathy: SkepchickCon, Part 3

This is the last installment of my SkepchickCon 2013 photo series. I will be discussing three pictures that I did for the Con and explain the meaning behind them. Remember, SkepchickCon is July 4-7 in Minneapolis. First, thanks to all who bid on my art for the SkepchickCon auction. All …

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Fauxtography Part 2: “PSYCHO”kinesis

My inspiration this week is telekinesis and psychokinesis. In scouring the nightmare of “scientific” research that is out there on telekinesis/psychokinesis, I actually learned an interesting factoid about the two words. Originally, the word “telekinesis” was used to describe objects being moved by ghosts, demons, imps, or other such supernatural …

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Fauxtography Part 1: DIY Ghost Hoax

Today I am introducing my “Fauxtography” series. In this series I will show you how you can create illusions of ghosts, manufacture orbs and rods, produce pareidolia, and have fun with a variety of photographic phenomena. Armed with my trusty Canon Rebel and Photoshop CS5, we shall run the gamut …

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Italian Scientists Convicted for Earthquake Damage, and the Failure of Science Communication

This is a big deal: several Italian scientists were convicted for multiple manslaughter after a 2009 earthquake. And in amongst the cries and straw-men about “You can’t try someone for not being able to predict an earthquake!” there’s an interesting story. I recommend this summary, and this article in Nature …

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Afternoon Snack 9.27.12

This week on Afternoon Snack: get up close (and we mean really close) and personal with your food, and learn what bacon, corn, and GMOs have to do with each other.