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Did SARS-CoV-2 Escape from a Lab?: A Conversation with Matt Ridley and Alina Chan Making sense podcast-Sam Harris

Sam Harris speaks with Matt Ridley and Alina Chan about the origins of the COVID pandemic. They discuss the evidence of a lab leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, media and academic censorship of this topic, the history of collaboration between western scientists and Chinese labs, the...


ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE makes you think it works. Science is dope

Kenya’s ex-PM Raila Odinga made a statement that Ayurveda gave his daughter her eyesight back. This is very similar to the miraculous stories you often hear about alternative medicines including homeopathy and siddha. What is it about stories like these that make us think that alternative medicine works?


Illness, Healing, and Other Terms That Can Be Confusing(Harriet Hall)-Skeptical Inquirer Volume 45, No. 4)

Disease vs. Illness The words disease and illness are often used interchangeably, but their meanings are very different. Diseases are biomedical entities that cause impairment of the normal functioning of the body, while illness refers to the way a patient experiences a sickness. There can be disease without...


Vaccines: A Measured Response:science behind the anti-vaccine movement!!

What is the science behind the anti-vaccine movement, and is it any good? Let’s find out! The Covid19 pandemic has brought the discussion about vaccine safety back into the headlines. And yet, despite media making it seem like a controversial issue debated over the last century, it’s not....


The SARS-CoV-2 vaccine could end the pandemic-

Deciding between a vaccine and…an infection? A handy comparison of COVID-19 vaccines compared to COVID-19 infections. Evidence that has emerged on the Pfizer-BioNTech and also the Moderna vaccine give us good reason to be cautiously optimistic, perhaps for the first time in this pandemic. The fact that both...


Science based medicine-Need of the hour

Science-Based Medicine is dedicated to evaluating medical treatments and products of interest to the public in a scientific light, and promoting the highest standards and traditions of science in health care. Online information about alternative medicine is overwhelmingly credulous and uncritical, and even mainstream media and some medical...


The origin of SARS-CoV-2, revisited-Quest special

Since early in the pandemic, scientists have overwhelmingly concluded that the evidence makes a natural origin for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a far more likely explanation for the pandemic than a laboratory origin. Over the last three weeks or so, however, there has been considerable chatter...