Svalbard Global Seed Vault does for the world's seeds, tincture vaults would safely store cancer cells, allergens, viruses, and other anti-diseases.You can read the whole column here. My other recent column considers what a world with magnetic people would be like: You can read the rest of that column here. By turning the tried and true skeptical method of reserving judgment or conclusion until proper evidence is presented on its head, I hope to attack pseudoscience from a new angle. Rather than looking at systematic reviews that most people wouldn't understand, I want to take the weird into the world, using our own observations as the evidence. It's something that anyone can do, and I hope that you have fun reading what I came up with.
Aside from asking the nerdiest of questions here at Overthinking It, I'm also a ranger for good science. As such, I constantly have my eye out for the good, the bad, and the ugly. The ugliest--pseudoscience--is often the hardest to hunt down and remedy. Much ink has been spilled over countering crazy contraptions, alternative medicines, and conspiracy theories, but we hardly ever hear the other side of the story. By definition, pseudoscience lacks empirical support, but I'm feeling generous. What if "woo" were true? If magnetic people really existed, what would that mean for society? If homeopathy really worked, how would medicine change? Over at my new Reductio ad Absurdum column for Skeptical Inquirer Magazine, I am going through classic pseudosciences to explore the real-world implications of these ideas and theories. My latest, published today, takes a look at homeopathy:
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