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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 […]

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‘Wishful Thinking’

‘Wishful thinking‘ is a fallacy or, more appropriately, a cognitive bias that puts people in the radar of the skeptics (…and me ☺). According to the Skeptics Dictionary: Wishful thinking is interpreting facts, reports, events, perceptions, etc., according to what one would like to be the case rather than according to the actual evidence. It […]

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OMG, have we got this so wrong!

After years of toiling away in the biomechanics lab, devouring all the research I could, publishing research, attending and speaking at conferences and treating 1000’s of patients and passing all that wisdom on to students, I have recently learnt that I got things so very very wrong. You see, all that fuss about overpronation, really […]

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The ‘Appeal to Authority’ Fallacy

An appeal to an authority is commonly used fallacy that you see around running related articles, forums and blogs, especially in the comments section of blogs. It is an argument that attempts to establish its conclusion by referencing someone who a perceived authority or expert who claims that something is true. The appeal to authority […]

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Cherry Picking

Cherry picking is defined by Wikipedia: Cherry picking, suppressing evidence, or the fallacy of incomplete evidence is the act of pointing to individual cases or data that seem to confirm a particular position, while ignoring a significant portion of related cases or data that may contradict that position RationalWiki refer to it as: Cherry picking, […]

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Why Ineffective Treatments Sometimes Work

I periodically have a problem with my Achilles tendon. The last bout I had was cured when I incorporated some steep hills into my running. Should I start singing from the hilltops that I have found the cure for Achilles tendonitis?; should I treat every runner I see with Achilles tendonitis by getting them to […]

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The ‘Natural’ Running Fallacy

It is common to see products being marketed as being natural and the implication that because it is natural it has to be better for you. Whole professions are built around the natural being better claims. It is also common to see claims that different running techniques or forms being better for you as they are […]

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