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01 December 2010

Announcing: Myth of the Month!

I was chatting with Lindsay over at Struck by Enlightning a little while ago, and she had a neat idea. What if, every month, we chose a skeptical topic and examined in-depth the evidence for and against it to see if we could be convinced?

Well, this is the way that she phrased it:

Every month I (and anyone else who wants to join me) will be exploring one topic that’s commonly looked at by skeptics, to try to get a good feel for it. I/we’ll be looking at the arguments for and against the subject, reading blogs or listening to podcasts to do with both sides of the issue, and trying to gain an understanding of what science says on the topic.

I'm in!

December's topic? Positive thinking.

From today's xkcd:

While (finally) moving the last few bits of my wife's stuff out of storage at her folks' place, I stumbled across a copy of Rhonda Byrne's magnum opus that my parents had given her for Christmas one year. I'm not making any promises, but I may just crack it open this month...


  1. Not scientific per se, but related:

  2. I'd seen that one, but thanks for the reminder. I'm sure that it will come up when I actually start working on it!

  3. Awesome timing of that xkcd!

    Hey we should do a book swap - when you're done the Secret (if you can even make it past the first page) we can borrow each others' books. I own Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich, which has the tag line of "how positive thinking is undermining America".

  4. Great! I was actually looking at that book, too!

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  6. "Believe me, it will you more power..."
    What are you talking about?