Despite the undeniable fact that our lives are increasingly impacted, for the better, by the fruits of scientific endeavor, I see evidence on a daily basis of the disconnect between the foundations of science and our general approach to understanding the natural world. It appears to me that critical thinking, skepticism and the methods of science, fundamental approaches to reality that have benefited mankind greatly, are largely ignored by the majority of our modern society. Worse than the cerebral “autopilot engaged” lifestyle that is the norm for far too many folks, where being uncritical and credulous is the default setting, there is an ever-growing number of quacks and charlatans deliberately taking advantage of our lack of critical thinking skills.
This blog is my own way, ineffective though it may come to be, of adding to the growing skeptical movement that has emerged to fight back. As a physician, specifically a pediatric hospitalist, my particular area of focus is that of pseudoscience as it applies to the practice of medicine. You will quickly learn that I am no fan of so-called alternative medicine, or whatever the descriptive term du jour is. Not because, as will surely be claimed, I am biased by the mindset of western science, yet another bogus and misleading use of language, or because I am in the pocket of the pharmaceutical industry, but because it, whatever it is these days, isn’t supported by the evidence. But, as always, my mind is open to the possibility that a treatment modality once considered unproven may one day come to be legitimately assimilated into science-based medical practice. I am just not going to let my brain fall out in the process.
I welcome constructive comments, even negative ones. Especially negative ones in fact. My intent is not to ridicule, although that may slip through my filter from time to time, but to educate. And, perhaps, to provide some measure of enjoyment for my readers.