Here Be Dragons - A New Video By Brian Dunning

Brian Dunning, from the excellent Skeptoid podcast, has released a 40-minute educational video introducing viewers to critical thinking. As he says on the video release site:
Most people fully accept paranormal and pseudoscientific claims without critique as they are promoted by the mass media. Here Be Dragons offers a toolbox for recognizing and understanding the dangers of pseudoscience, and appreciation for the reality-based benefits offered by real science.

Brian is also the executive producer of The Skeptologists, a program sorely needed to offset the likes of Ghost Hunter and Psychic Kids.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I thought it was well intended but a bit over the top in places.

I don't grok the digs at "organic" foods. They are not miracles of health as many claim, and many hide behind the label to shill snake oil, I agree with that. However organic agriculture does not result in chemical fertilizer and pesticide run-off into the water system, does not generate dead zones in the oceans (see: Gulf of Mexico).

The same goes for "all natural." yes, he was clever and snarky. But compare a good loaf of bread made in the "traditional, all natural" way to say "wonder bread." More and more processed food is becoming more filler than actual food. It is a sad day when a food has to have nutriants added in that were there to begin with before it was processed away.

"Organic" and "All Natural" should garner scrutiny, but does not mean it is a scam or snake-oil. It's a case of Wonder Bread(tm) vs. the stuff my grandma used to make on the farm.

Grandma FTW, every time.