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Lee Johnson
Attends Open University
Lives in Hull, United Kingdom
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Think VAERS reports, package inserts or VICP rulings prove that vaccines cause [insert disease here]? Here's a useful look at the various reasons you're wrong.

Vaccinate your god-damn kids.
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The first in a series of five posts looking at the tricks of the quackery trade. Great look at why people fall prey to the false promises of alternative medicine.
We were recently informed that Americans spend more than US$ 30 billion per year on alternative medicine. This is a tidy sum by anyone's standards, and we may
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The second post in a comprehensive series about the folly of the Ark Encounter and creationist claims that the abundant evidence for evolution can be contorted to support creationism through the power of ad hoc arguments.

(Well, it can, but it won't convince anybody with an ounce of critical thinking ability.)
In this post, I am going to explain a line of evidence that both convincingly supports evolution and refutes the notion of a world-wide flood. I am, of course, referring to the ordering of the foss…
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Ah look - they made a handy map of all of the idiots in the world! Yeah, your children now suffer from preventable illnesses because of your stupidity, but at least they didn't get autism, right?
Aaron Carroll today offers a graphic depiction of the toll of the anti- vaccination movement. (H/t: Kevin Drum .) It comes from a Council on Foreign Relations interactive map of "vaccine-preventable outbreaks" worldwide 2008-2014.
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Here are some critical thinking lessons as taught by a classic film! It's more interesting than it sounds...
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Occam's Teapot is up and running! First post here!
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Writer with a severe bullshit allergy.
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I'm a writer, skeptic and part-time physics student. I write haikus about bad science on Twitter and generally try to be rational (but often fail).

I'm starting a blog on critical-thinking-y, skeptic-y stuff, where I'll talk about science, logic and various forms of nonsense, with occasional mockery and the odd pop culture reference thrown in for good measure. It should be fun. 

"At the heart of science is an essential tension between two seemingly contradictory attitudes — an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new. This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense." - Carl Sagan
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I try to maintain an encyclopedic knowledge of Futurama.
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    Physics, 2013 - present
    I'm studying physics, which means I get to legitimately use words like "quark" and "gluon" without being institutionalised. I hate the name "God particle."
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