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Comment by Lorasaur on March 26, 2013 at 2:14pm

Brian Dunning tends to be right on. However, when it comes to Economics or Politics he doesn't seem to stick to his own guidelines for skeptical inquiry.

Yes, he can manifest the worst of what calls itself skepticism.  In medicine as well.  For example, in one of a series of InFact videos purporting to tell people The Truth about things, he tells us

There are actually only a tiny number of people who have to avoid gluten, basically those with celiac disease

I pointed out to him some of the recent research on non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which affects about 10% of people, many more than have celiac disease.  

But even if this research hadn't been done - saying that only people with celiac disease need to avoid gluten, makes the assumption that the research on people's reactions to gluten is complete!

And there is no reason to think that, and since science has not yet figured out everything about people's reactions to gluten, the best that people can do is to take an empirical approach to whether they're better off with a gluten-free diet.   

Brian Dunning making that assumption is an example of a kind of "skeptical" prejudice, making unwarranted claims that science knows more than it does.  It's a skeptic not being skeptical about science. 

Comment by Adam on February 27, 2010 at 10:45am
@DOS 'Party At Ground Zero" by Fishbone would work too.
Comment by Aiden on December 17, 2009 at 9:24am
Comment by D.O.S on December 12, 2009 at 11:32am
Prince's 1999 would probably good too.
Comment by Aiden on November 27, 2009 at 8:03am
DOS, it may seem clichéd, but should you throw such a disaster-themed party, remember that REM's "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" is required to be played and drunkenly, loudly sung-along with at some point during the party.
Comment by D.O.S on November 27, 2009 at 7:48am
I don't generally do much for my birthday but since the Mayan Calendar ends on it, 12-21, I'm thinking in 2012 I might have to have a huge bash. My wife and I had a big new years party for 2000 in part because we both find the end of the world nuts so annoying. Maybe I could get on NPR if I do a disaster theme. :)
Comment by D.O.S on October 12, 2009 at 9:51am
And Randi kicks ass. Hope he's doing well. Last I heard his health was questionable. It's a bit depressing that the old guard, so to speak, of Skepticism and Humanism aren't going to be with us much longer.
Comment by D.O.S on October 12, 2009 at 9:47am
When it comes to religion or the supernatural Brian Dunning tends to be right on. However, when it comes to Economics or Politics he doesn't seem to stick to his own guidelines for skeptical inquiry. I do read and listen to him but when it comes to his analysis of the two I just mentioned I've become very skeptical of him. His two collections of writing, Skeptoid and Skeptoid 2, are definitely worth reading. 2012 is in one of them, I forgot which one.
Comment by Louis Davout on October 10, 2009 at 8:12pm
Comment by Louis Davout on September 30, 2009 at 4:52am
Note: I not watched this yet, but I'm sure it's good.


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