I started watching these lectures on Youtube about two months ago, a bit every day, slowing digesting the information and doing additional searches on the web whenever I found that a topic sparked my interest.
These lectures are presented by Dr. Harriet Hall, a retired family physician and Air Force Colonel. According to Skeptic:
“She writes about alternative medicine, pseudoscience, quackery, and critical thinking. She is a contributing editor to both Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer, an advisor to the Quackwatch website, and an editor of Sciencebasedmedicine.org, where she writes an article every Tuesday.”
You can find more about Dr. Hall at SkepDoc.info.
I appreciate the work Dr. Hall and others are doing in informing the public about the perils of quackery. And from what I perceive from her work, she doesn’t only try to bring awareness about bad science in alternative and non-scientific practices, but also in conventional medicine.
Thus, I consider her a good example of impartiality. She takes on conventional medicine and its numerous inconsistencies in lecture 9. No matter the pitfalls of conventional medicine, I’d say that it’s better regulated and more science based (given that you can filter through poorly conducted studies – see lecture 9) than bogus medical practices and claims.
I recommend this course to people who want to become more educated in critical thinking and to those who want be less prone to being phished for phools. Here are the titles of the lectures and a few notes on each.