Required Readings

Required Readings, 7 July 2013

Good morning everyone! I’ll start the day off with some nice tidbits of information I hope will be interesting for everyone. A psychic actually won a fraud trial, alternative medicine attracts many Africans (but not only them of course), and the USA’s struggle to teach evolution.

The art of science teaching: Guardian roundtable – I agree specially with the ubiquitous notion that you should memorize, memorize and memorize facts and formulas should disappear.

Homeopathy for Health in Africa – not really news nor readings of any kind, I was just shocked by the misleading quote from Pfizer’s CEO.

Skeptics shouldn’t have lined up with the Mail to call Psychic Sally a fraud – as much as we’d like to see her sued, the lesson learned here is that as unscrupulous as a psychic must be, we still need actual evidence to actually accuse him/her of fraud.

NOA seeks support for alternative medicine – the sad thing is, even the practitioners of alternative medicine frequently believe in it, that’s where education should come in and save the day. And even more worrisome is the mention of China as an alternative medicine role-model…tell that to the black rhino.

Evolution and Climate Science Make the Grade in State Education Standards – the expected reaction is probably “Awesome!” but I think when you think about it more thoroughly you think “Really? Just five?”.


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Mauricio Gago

Mauricio Gago

Mauricio Gago teaches chemistry at the University of Costa Rica. He is interested in the comprehension of science and how it helps you identify what's pseudoscience (or not science at all) and what actually lets us understand our world.

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