Skeptics on the Creek

    Skeptics on the Creek at Make-it-Do Farm! Good food, drink and conversation. Missing in these photos are the kids who were upstairs all night playing D&D.

    Apple cider vinegar is not a "healing tonic" or cure-all

    Another fine example of psuedo-science and misinformation. Unfortunately shared thousands of times on Facebook. At least they admit that actual proof is not important to them: “Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the most incredible healing tonics you will find anywhere, period. I’m not even exaggerating, I don’t have to. The results that you experience as you put it to use will demonstrate enough that you don’t need a “peer reviewed journal” to tell you that it’s a miracle juice.

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    Always be skeptical

    At least two of my FB friends posted and praised this completely false “article”. Um… NO. NO. NO. More of the same “the man has the cure to cancer and is hiding it because he’s trying to protect profits!!” misinformation. Folks, before you post stuff like this read it critically and skeptically. I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t all work towards the healthiest diets and exercise, etc, but raw food does not cure cancer.

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    The Con Academy Video Series

    Excellent video series: Skeptic Presents: The Con Academy (Vol.1) ↵ Use original playerSkeptic Presents: The Con Academy (Vol.1)By Skeptic MagazineYouTube720p360p← ReplayXi

    Skeptic Toolkit - Peer Reviewed Science

    Before we begin, you have to ask yourself: Do you want to believe or do you want to investigate? This is the first in a series of posts I plan to do about the tools and practice of being skeptical. This first time around I intend to highlight one of the most important tools in the toolkit: Science. More specifically, peer reviewed science which is not to be confused with the mainstream reporting of science which often focuses on the sensationalistic headline at the cost of explaining the actual findings.

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    A Credulous Mind

    “A credulous mind... finds most delight in believing strange things, and the stranger they are the easier they pass with him; but never regards those that are plain and feasible, for every man can believe such." -- Samuel Butler, Characters (1667-9) Excerpted from Carl Sagan's Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark