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Entries from November 2010

AMC says no to shouting fire in a crowded theater

November 21st, 2010 · 6 Comments · Critical thinking, Urban legend

Tweet AMC has killed plans to screen an anti-vaccine group’s paid ads at dozens of theaters over Thanksgiving weekend. The theater giant’s announcement followed a successful protest and online petition started five days ago by Mayo Clinic pediatrician Dr. Robert Jacobson. After more than 1,000 persons backed Jacobson’s call, an AMC spokesperson left this online […]

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Best. Lead. Ever.

November 4th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Kudos

Tweet From Tom Henderson at Parent Dish: You hear the rooster crow. You see the sun come up. The cause-and-effect relationship here is obvious. All hail the chicken god! This is the problem with observations and anecdotal evidence. They’re not very scientific. Neither, say actual scientists, are Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey. Henderson is writing […]

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Vaccine rejectionism’s fresh start

November 3rd, 2010 · 6 Comments · Critical thinking, Junk science

Tweet Anti-vaccine groups are calling for a “fresh start” in their campaign to turn parents against childhood immunizations. Editors and reporters can expect to be plied with the same old whine, disguised in new bottles. “For too long, the media has misrepresented or oversimplified the science surrounding the autism and vaccines controversy,” says the fringe […]

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