Archive | Fallacies

Why do so many just make stuff up for?

Short rant today. In the genre that I follow and write about often, one does get increasingly frustrated by misinformation, misquoting, misusing, misunderstanding and outright lies about research. I have commented so many times about people just making stuff up and wishing it was true (the wishful thinking fallacy). Not a day goes by in […]

Continue Reading 1

Riddle me this ….

We evolved: barefoot got plenty of exercise chasing animals to survive the air was fresh ate well (paleo) and had a life expectancy of 35 years Now we: wear shoes get less or no exercise the air is polluted eat junk food yet we somehow manage to live to 85 years What am I missing? […]

Continue Reading 9

Why do people make this stuff up for?

Time to call out another loon. This time its an article in the Inquisitr, How David Accidentally Slayed Goliath: Vibram FiveFingers And Why Barefoot Is Best. I will ignore that it failed totally to show that barefoot is better and even worse, totally ignored all 10 of the systematic reviews of the science that its not. […]

Continue Reading 1

Wearing shoes impairs intellectual development

Its Sunday, I not feeling too well and am not up to writing something serious. I needed another loon to ridicule. I was wondering what to write about, then I remembered this from many years ago that gave us a good laugh at the time: Among the untold problems that wearing shoes can impose in […]

Continue Reading 2

See what you want to believe in

There is quite a body of work in the psychology literature on optical and perceptual illusions and how they are influenced by seeing what you want to see. I certainly know very little about the psychology and science of this (though I have fun looking at some). I do know enough to know there is […]

Continue Reading 7

The Truth about …..

How often have you seen posts in running forums or in the running crankosphere blogosphere, that are headlined with something like “The Truth about….. “. Every time time I read one of those, more often than not it easily debunked pseudoscientific nonsense that people are actually gullible enough to believe. I only raise this as in […]

Continue Reading 0

Science vs Pseudoscience

There is probably not a lot I can say about this; the image speaks for itself. It was put together by the Skeptics Guide to the Universe (I listen to their podcasts on my longer runs). I also used this image below in a previous post and its worth repeating as it still resonates with […]

Continue Reading 3

I did a Chi Running course!

POSTSCRIPT: This is a bit embarrassing. It turns out the “coach” that run the course I did was NOT a credentialed Chi running coach and was operating outside the framework or umbrella of the Chi running organisation. Please interpret the comments I make below in that context. _____________________________________________________________ I will start by saying that I […]

Continue Reading 50

The ‘appeal to antiquity’ fallacy

I have already written on a number of other fallacies that often get used. The ‘appeal to antiquity‘ is another commonly used logical fallacy that is often used when the assumption is that something is better because it is older, is traditional, or has “always has been done.” An often cited example is: “Homeopathy has […]

Continue Reading 0

‘Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies’

Anyone with an interest in science is probably familiar with the logical fallacies so widely used by the touters of quackery, pseudoscience and woo. I have written about a number of them in the context of ‘running’ and there are a lot more to come. I recently came across this poster that summarizes the key […]

Continue Reading 0

Calling out the loons

I have started a new category for posts: Fallacies > Loons. I have no problems with professional disagreements; they exist and more often then not are usually respectful. I have always had a problem with the misunderstanding, misquoting, misuse and misinterpretation of research and science, which was a large part of the motivation for starting […]

Continue Reading 11