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Posts Tagged “pseudoscience”

Wed 03 Mar 2021

Famous breach of Trust in Cancer

I am currently reading The Emperor of Maladies. I came across a famous breach of trust in cancer treatment. It involved infamous oncologist, Werner Bezwoda who fudged data about bone marrow transplant in women with metastatic breast cancer.

Before I understood anything, I have to understand what bone marrow was. I remembered vaguely from my science class in school but I guess I needed a revision...

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Fri 19 Jun 2020

Why homeopathy is so popular in India?

I recently came across a Youtube video of Genelia Deshmukh, famous Indian actress, promoting homeopathic products. Along with her husband, they have invested in a startup called Welcome Cure. Science has repeatedly dismissed homepathy as quakery or at best placebo, but that has not deter government of India to fund & research homeopathy under AYUSH ministry.

As a kid I usually heard about two types of medicine. One was allopathy which is a pejorative term for modern science. It was always blamed for side effects. “Only if you are really sick”, my uncle used to say, “should you take allopathy”...

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Sat 11 Apr 2020

Demon Haunted World's review part 1

This is my Part 1 of the review of Carl Sagan's book, Demon-Haunted World. This is more of my commentary rather than a review of the book.

I have begun to realize how many posts on Facebook, Whatsapp, etc contains pseudoscience & misinformation. Few posts are easy to debunk. Magic water curing cancer is a no-brainer. However other posts are too meticulous to debunk. I thought it might be fruitful for me as a layman to learn critical & skeptical thinking from a famous astrophysicist, Carl Sagan. ..

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Thu 20 Dec 2018

Decoding ndtv darwin's theory debate

I wanted to decode an old debate 1 that I saw on ndtv. It was about a controversy erupted by the comments of a junior Indian education minister, Satyapal Singh. He is India's Minister of State for Human Resource Development. He had claimed that evolution is "scientifically wrong" because he never "saw an ape turning into human being".

How does he claim evolution is "scientifically wrong"? Does the said minister have a degree in biology or have published a paper that can be peer reviewed? On the contrary, he had a career of Police Commisioner of Mumbai...

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