The homeopath Alan Freestone is proposing a trial to develop a homeopathic treatment for PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Diagnosis Associated with Streptococcal Infections). Regular readers of this blog will be aware of my opinion of homeopathy but we might all learn something from a properly conducted trial. Properly conducted. Aye, there’s the rub. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Bad Science’ Category
Somebody over on the Bad Science forum posted this. I really hope he does send it.
Oxford University PPE Course Convenors
There are many famous and successful alumni of the Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree – indeed, a truly disproportionate number of the higher echelons of government and parliament hold PPE degrees. This is a credit to the success of the first P – you have obviously taught them politics very well.
However, given the country’s performance, maybe the Economics syllabus could be improved. I realize that it is not a precise discipline, but it is possible that you could revise parts of the syllabus to correct the obvious errors in belief held by your former students.
But, and this is the biggest “but” of all – I think your teaching of Philosophy requires a major overhaul. The current crop of PPE graduates in parliament on all sides of the House clearly do not know how to think things through properly, how to make decisions and how to consider what probable outcomes of those decisions will be. They have not been taught to think critically and analytically at all. C-, must try harder.
Yours faithfully, etc.
Yesterday I picked up a copy of a new magazine called “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” which is clearly linked to the website of the same name. If you think from the title that the contents would be full of alleged health secrets that the medical establishment are with-holding from you, you’d be right. This blogpost just covers a sample of the contents. To do them justice would require a whole series of posts which I don’t have time to research and write at the moment. (more…)
Regular readers of this blog will know that I have debunked the health claims made by some for xocai chocolate – and had run-ins with their marketeers as a result. However, my iss ues with them pale into significance when compared to the experiences of some Norwegian bloggers: (more…)