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Why we can't win

Posted by James Garrison on November 23, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I normally label articles like this as being an opinion piece. This time I'm not, because it's not really just my opinion. It is unfortunately a fact of life for the critical thinking/scientific skepticism communities, and I believe most of us have known this for years.

 

 

I have recently began responding more often to various pseudoscientific and blatantly false claims, such as one I've seen a couple of times recently.

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What's the worst that could Happen? How about Death?

Posted by James Garrison on November 23, 2015 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

How's it going folks? If you've been involved in the skeptical community for any length of time, you'll notice a phrase repeated fairly often. When talking to proponents of almost any form of pseudoscience, at some point, you'll hear them say something along the lines of "What's the worst that could happen?" To be blunt, the worst thing that can happen is almost always death or financial ruin. Everyone can point out the dangers of the anti-vaccer movement and the ...

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Essential Oils cure Everything? Only if it stinks.

Posted by James Garrison on October 21, 2015 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Ok folks, it's time for another post about something that has been increasing in popularity over the last few years. I have been seeing more and more posts and articles about the healing power of essential oils. I've heard people say that they can help with everything from asthma and sleep apnea to helping with skin conditions and curing cancer. As the hosts of the Sawbones Podcast say, cure-alls cure nothing.So, as usual, I'll start with what essential oils actually are. I am going to say no...

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Homeopathy and the Hound

Posted by James Garrison on July 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone. No long rambling preamble this time, but I am going to ask a favor. If you enjoy this post, or any others I have written, please share it on Twitter, Facebook, or print it out and hand out copies to strangers on the street. Everyone will thank you for it. Now for todays topic. And as a quick aside, I've been working on this for quite a while. I keep getting so frustrated I have to leave it, and later come back and edit out most of the swearing.

 

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The Four Horsemen of Derp!

Posted by James Garrison on July 31, 2015 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In most peoples everyday life, there are a few websites that they visit on a regular basis. Things like Facebook, Instagram, Pornhub, BuzzFeed. You know, normal sites. In the skeptical world, we have Wikipedia, Snopes, the C.D.C., and PubMed. In the dark realm of pseudoscience, conspiracy theories, and new age weirdness, they have their own flavor of preferred information. And the ones I'm going to talk a little bit about today could possibly be called

 

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Mosquitoes....Natures Syringes

Posted by James Garrison on June 24, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello loyal readers. The Skeptical Okie seems to be back in business, at least for now. I've got a doozy this time, so lets jump right into it.



 

 

 

 

This is the topic of the post. Recently at work, I met a very interesting , uh... gentleman? One aspect of my current emplo...

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Baby Quackery!

Posted by James Garrison on June 24, 2015 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings everyone, I'm back!!!!

 

I know it's been a while since I've written anything on here. There are so many things I want to write about that I tend to stress myself out trying to figure out how to approach it, as well as by the time I can get around to it, most of the skeptical and science podcasts and writers have already covered it, so I think "What other information could I possibly add? I'm just a skeptic with a little, poorly written and opinionated blog in Oklah...

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Why the Skeptical community is important!

Posted by James Garrison on January 27, 2015 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey folks, I know it's been a while, but I'm back, at least for now. There's been a subject that I've heard come up occasionally in various conversations that I've been trying to put words to for a while. The topic basically breaks down to "Why do we even need a skeptical community?" It's been brought up in blog posts, podcasts, and even in casual conversation, so I thought I'd give my opinion on the matter.

 

On episodes 3 and 4 of "The Blue Ball Skeptics" for example, Dami...

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A quick question to the loyal readers. Please comment

Posted by James Garrison on December 16, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys, I know I haven't written in quite a while. Things have been crazy as hell here at the Skeptical Okie Headquarters. There's been issues with work, the house, a hernia and other health issues, and a lot of other little things that have severely eaten into any time I might have used to write. Upside to all the craziness is that OKSS is doing pretty good, Oklahoma had a skeptical convention (SkeptiOKcon), and there's been a few things happen worth writing about. I've been a guest on the...

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Now taking requests. Please leave a comment.

Posted by James Garrison on December 16, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm still around folks, just trying to make a living, so unfortunately, the blog had to be put on the backburner for a bit. I do have a question for anyone that is still reading this. What topics are YOU interested in? Cryptozoology, conspiracy theories, alternative medicine, urban legends, mythology, or something I've missed? Let me know and I'll start researching and writing. I've got so many ideas that they are just jumbling up and I don't know where to start, so I'm asking for your h...

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