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What's The Harm?

This is a list of topics in which we have found stories where a lack of critical thinking has caused unnecessary harm, death, injury, hospitalizations, major financial loss or other damages.

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    skepticampnyc.org SkeptiCamp NYC - Annual Unconference of Science and Skepticism

    What, exactly, is Skepticism? Usage of this term varies wildly. But, we think the words of Tim Farley (software engineer and creator of WhatsTheHarm.net ), best reflect how this event prefers to approach the subject: Skepticism is the intersection of science education and consumer protection. We ... Read article

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    skepticnorth.com Sometimes its not fun to be Skeptical in Vancouver « British Columbia « Canada « Skeptic North

    People always ask me why I’m a skeptical activist, what’s the harm if someone believes that homeopathy helps them? What’s the harm if someone decides not to get vaccinated? I could turn around and ask, why do you wear a seat beat? Why do you wear a helmet when you ride your bike? Or I could even ... Read article

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    skeptic.com Skeptic » Podcasts » Skepticality » 2010 Episodes

    This week also includes the debut of a new segment: “This Week in Skeptic History,” hosted by notable skeptical activist Tim Farley (creator of the WhatsTheHarm.net ). February 17th: Welcome, Mr. President Last week’s Skepticality featured Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer , who told us about his de... Read article

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    hypnothoughts.com What's the harm in hypnosis? - HypnoThoughts.com

    This is a link that I stumble upon ed. http://www.whatstheharm.net/hypnosis.html There are a few articles that indicate how hypnosis has been used without q… What's the harm in hypnosis? If over consumption of carbs fuels weight gain then is achieving weight loss with hypnosis misleading? $89 4-W... Read article

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    brainreleasevalve.com Brain Release Valve » This Broken World

    I’m really, really sorry for this one. But, I couldn’t let it go past without pointing it out. whatstheharm.net is a news catch-all for stories involving death, injury and fiscal lost resulting from superstitious or bizarre ideas. They keep a whole section devoted to children . Here are a few tha... Read article

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    tinkr.net People really think Astrology is scientific? | Tinkr.net

    Believing in Astrology might not be the worst thing to believe in, but it does lead to magical thinking and I’m willing to bet that believers of Astrology also believe in other things that could be harmful. Whatstheharm.net is a great site that shows the harm, and dangers there are in believing i... Read article

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    kimberlychapman.livejournal.com Kimberlychapman:

    When it comes to a lot of crazy stuff out there, most people are wont to ask, "What's the harm of letting people persist in a different belief?" And a lot of the time, there isn't any harm. However, sometimes there is: http://whatstheharm.net/index.html Note: before anyone gets their knickers in … Read article

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    blogs.scienceforums.net Swans on Tea » Who Could it Hurt?

    Swans on Tea. 3 Comments so far. Pages. Contact. Mark This Page!. Greatest Hits. Recent Comments. Archives. Categories. Who Could it Hurt?. Published by swansont on January 18, 2011 06:59 am under Antiscience , Links , Science-general. I’ve got a post or two I could write up from what I experienc... Read article

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    oplin.org The OPLIN 4cast » Blog Archive » OPLIN 4Cast #259: A plan for improving Internet information

    The OPLIN 4cast. OPLIN 4Cast #259: A plan for improving Internet information. Leave a Reply. We all know that the Internet contains an abundance of misinformation. Librarians often spend a lot of time explaining to their patrons that you can’t believe everything you read on the ’Net. But what if ... Read article

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    sarniaskeptic.blogspot.com Small Town Skepticism: New Year, More Stupid

    Small Town Skepticism. Blog Archive. Robbie Thomas Solved Cases: 0. Contributors. Followers. Friday, January 7, 2011. New Year, More Stupid. 7comments:. I'm (we're) not alone. There are skeptics everywhere (even in small towns) and it is time that we stand up and speak out.. What do you call Refl... Read article

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    skepticreport.com See also - SkepticReport

    Science and what is not General Archaeology Astronomy Evolution & Creationism Health & Medicine Psychics Read article

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    epicure.demon.co.uk Chris Hughes's personal internet play-pen

    So the bands played on… 29th Decemer, 2011 The Cook Book If at some time you have enjoyed a trawl through my disorganized memories of musical endeavours, and I know some folks have, then you may well enjoy a new book that I have just finished reading. The author is someone I have known since my t... Read article

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    chapmancentral.co.uk Denialist denialism – Guy Chapman's Blahg

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    blog.rbutr.com About rbutr — rbutr

    ( More in Wikipedia ) Tim Farley is a computer software engineer, writer and instructor with an expertise in computer security and reverse engineering. He is a Research Fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation, the creator of the website What's The Harm? , and the owner of the SkepTools b... Read article

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    csicop.org Skeptic Trumps: A Satirical Skeptic Card Game - CSI

    He is the creator of the Web Site What's The Harm , which explores why believing in pseudoscience and the paranormal is harmful. He blogs at skeptools.com . The skeptical community’s growth has led to many unanticipated creative projects, particularly online. One such project is Skeptic Top Trump... Read article

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