The full edition of the 119th Skeptics’ Circle should be located mere pixels up-screen from these very words you are now reading. You should really go and read that, instead of this. But because I’ve sorta kinda maybe gone a little overboard in terms of creative embellishment, I thought it’d be handy to just briefly summarise the posts I’ve linked to up there, and more succinctly round up this edition’s participants.
This itself is actually pretty lengthy, though, so it’s going under a cut.
So, in order of appearance, we have:
Can chiropractic help your child’s asthma? Edzard Ernst says ‘nope’, posted at Blue Genes. A useful description of a pair of systematic reviews recently published by the Professor of Complementary Medicine.
Rusty Feet, posted at Negative Entropy. A detailed, hands-on experimental debunking of a detox foot bath, with pictures detailing the process and a slightly unbalanced chemical equation. (Pretty sure it should be 6H2O on the left, but otherwise excellent work.)
Faith, posted right here. Yeah, so I gave myself a ticket to my own party. Is that bad form? Eh.
HJHOP Podcast 13 – SkepTrack collage!, posted at Happy Jihad’s House of Pancakes. Quite the collection of chatter from something called Dragon*Con, which apparently happened not long ago. TV ghost hunter Patrick Burns going on record that ghost hunting does not stand up to scientific evidence is one of the highlights.
An Account of the Lund University Creationism Debate, posted at Aardvarchaeology. Does exactly what it says on the tin.
Why ID advocates need proof of a Designer, posted at Life, The Universe, And One Brow. Even if a Darwinian explanation were insufficient, there might be other options to explore before invoking an intelligent designer.
And a couple that came in too late to be included in the main narrative:
Anecdotal Medicine Lives – This Patient May Not Be So Lucky, posted at Rogue Medic. A straightforward rant on a worthy topic.
Quite a haul. Well done guys and gals, thanks to everyone who submitted stuff. I had fun trying to actually write some fiction to a deadline for once. Go read the full post to see how that turned out.