Archive for July, 2009

Internet 2, BCA 0

July 29, 2009

[BPSDB]Most members of the sceptical blogosphere will be aware that the British Chiropractic Association is suing Simon Singh for his suggestion that the evidence base underpinning chiropractic is somewhat lacking. They must be regretting it now. First there was the slight upsurge in the number of complaints to the General Chiropractic Council about their members’ breaches of their code of practise (40 last year and so far this year 590). Now the Streisand effect has kicked in and a slightly modified version of the suppressed article is appearing all over the internet. Like here. (more…)

IET Refuse to Show Their Working

July 24, 2009

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Like many who watched the manned lunar expeditions of 1969 – 72 live on TV I was a little disconcerted to find that a survey for the Insititute of Engineering and Technology has shown that one in four Britons do not believe that men have walked on the Moon. (more…)

Louise Mclean Interviews Dana Ullman

July 20, 2009

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I recently found this, Lousie Mclean’s interview with Dana Ullman. (more…)

“Return of the Race Myth”

July 8, 2009

Osagie K. Obasogie’s opinion piece “Return of the Race Myth” in the 4 July issue of New Scientist opens with:-

“As the 20th-century world recoiled from the horrors of Nazi Germany and the eugenics movement, we learned how economic , political and social circumstances produced the racial differences that science had once claimed to be “natural”. Race came to be recognised as a social construct – an aspect of social choices rather than a reflection of biological differences between racial groups.”

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“In Defense of Homeopathy”

July 6, 2009

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One of the automatic links generated by WordPress for a previous blogpost led to this, which turned out to be a cut-and-paste job of Jeanette Winterson’s article “In Defense of Homeopathy” from the 13 November 2007 edition of The Guardian. (more…)

Illustrating The Point

July 1, 2009

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Steven Connor, Science Editor of the Independent, spectacularly missed the point with this opinion piece, not to mention confirming many peoples suspicions as to the state of science journalism today. (more…)


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