Welcome! This website has a few purposes:
1. To give information about science and how it works
2. To give information about conspiracy theories and science denial, and how they work
3. To demonstrate how logical fallacies, cognitive biases, and other tricks can be used to make anything sound believable
4. To talk about nutrition (this is skewed towards my areas of specialism: hydration, sugar, breakfast, blood sugar, and appetite)
5. To give you a diet idea (see The Watertight Diet tab; though it’s very important you read at least the first two parts before starting or trying the diet as there’s some key safety information you need to understand that the overview in Part I does not provide)
I created this website before the pandemic. Since then, a lot more of my focus has gone towards COVID-related matters, particularly long COVID and vaccine injuries. I've kept all the above stuff up, but I less frequently post new blogs about those, and most new stuff goes on the COVID and vaccines page (under the Health & Nutrition tab). I will add here that my opinions have naturally changed with evidence and life experience (especially getting vaccine injured). There's probably a fair few things on this site I disagree with now or would word differently. Hopefully for wording issues people can still take away the core message I was trying to portray, but I am not sure I have time to go through everything to check it all.
The premise of this site is based on narratives. Narratives are the stories that are created to connect a series of events (or data points). I believe it is possible to make nearly any claim sound evidence-based using clever narrative tricks.
The idea of “truth” is very complex, and understanding whether claims are trustworthy is increasingly difficult. Everything can and should be critiqued, even things we take for granted. For example, it is a common belief that humans cannot survive more than a few days without water. I have said this in papers and in lectures. Yet it is not based on anything. In fact, there is demonstrable evidence that this is not true, even in extreme situations! I was a little in disbelief, so I went 3 days with no fluid…and guess what? I got no where near death! (Still, do not try that yourself; I am a hydration specialist, you probably are not)
If you are ever not sure if you are stuck in an unevidenced belief, try the following:
1. Play devil’s advocate: argue for the opposing opinion
2. Ask yourself: what evidence would change my mind? Then go and seek that evidence
I hope the information on this website will help you in this respect!
~ science is a process of systematically understanding things whilst removing as many sources of bias as possible. Why anyone would be against this baffles me ~
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