Watch out for health buzzwords

Watch out for health buzzwords

From Buzzfeed UK, posted on Skepchick.

Just a note: This image isn’t criticizing anyone with legitimate gluten-intolerance. It is pointing out that “gluten-free” does not mean healthy, just like “100% natural” really doesn’t mean anything. Snake venom is also 100% natural.

“Death is not Final” Live Debate, 6:45pm-8:30pm May 7th


Here’s the link on Steven Novella’s blog, NeuroLogica.

I believe it is 6:45pm-8:30pm EST tomorrow, hosted by Intelligence Squared.

It looks like they are taking the Heaven/no Heaven approach, as opposed to the more broad question of life after death. I’m a huge fan of Dr. Novella so I am really looking forward to this. One thing I need to point out after looking at the descriptions of these debaters, getting a degree and writing a book does not automatically ensure your credibility as a scientist.

Shoot me a comment if you are planning on joining! (If you can’t catch it live, it will probably be available on YouTube afterwards.)

Monitoring the Logic Switch


Is there such thing as being too skeptical? Too logical? At what point does our use of logic prevent us from being happy?

We’ve all heard “ignorance is bliss.” Many of us would rather have a better grasp on reality than to be happy. As skeptics, our desires to question everything brings us closer to reality. Those little gold nuggets of truth bring us thrill, joy, and excitement. Though, can we find reasoning in everything? Is love logical? Or beauty? Art?

I’d say, No, of course not.

Intuition and emotions are really tricky. They can cloud our ability to make logical decisions, but maybe they aren’t useless. In science, we admit how unreliable humans are at accurately handling data so we follow the scientific method and peer review process to rise above our natural tendencies to be biased, incorrectly predicting odds, believing memory over fact, and countless more. But maybe, the key to finding that balance between logic and happiness is to know when it is more appropriate to use reasoning or to just enjoy imagination, emotion, and simply not making any sense at all.

Every once and a while, try turning off that Logic Switch. Float on your back in the ocean and pretend it is alive. Close your eyes and imagine yourself sinking into your bed with every exhale. Literally try to hear whispers in the wind. Explore these human experiences of spirituality (or the feeling of it).

…Just make sure to turn that switch back on when you’re done.


Photo Credit: Nattu, “Relaxing in Maldives,”  June 7, 2008