This week we are talking about whether Nutella contains a known carcinogen, how the number of autism cases is not on the rise, vaccination against chicken pox called to be made mandatory in Hungary, An interview with Prof. Edzard Ernst on the website of CSI, EvoKids making their brilliant video on evolution available in German, English and Turkish and the Good Thinking Society’s next take on acupuncture.
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Greetings & feedback
This Week in Skepticism
Grandmother Vanga (Bulgarian: баба Ванга) (born 31st January 1911 – died 11th August 1996).
- Great educational video explaining evolution now available in several languages (German, English, Turkish)
- The Goodthinking Society’s take on acupuncture
- Goodthinking Society: Acupuncture Report – Expert Response
- Mandatory vaccination against chicken pox in a Hungarian city
- Index.hu: Chickenpox vaccine to be made mandatory (in Hungarian)
- Index.hu: Do we need vaccination against chickenpox? (in Hungarian)
- Claims of Nutella containing a known carcinogen are false
- Snopes.com: Fraught Chocolate
- No evidence of increase in ASD rates around the world
- Neurologica Blog: More Evidence Autism Rates Not Truly Increasing
- Respectful Insolence: Another reminder that there is no autism epidemic
- Kylie Sturgess’ interview with Prof Edzard Ernst on the website of CSI
- Skeptical Inquirer: On Homeopathy: The Undiluted Facts—An Interview with Edzard Ernst
Logical Fallacy: Red Herring
The Guardian for debunking cancer myths
“The method of viewing things which proceeds in accordance with the principle of sufficient reason is the rational method, and it alone is valid and of use in practical life and in science. The method which looks away from the content of this principle is the method of genius, which is only valid and of use in art.”
/Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher/