Media manipulation from Hillsborough to Leveson

Soho Skeptics 7/11/12 Chris Atkins is probably best known for his documentary film Starsuckers and he told us a bit about how it came to be and some of what's happened since at the first Soho Skeptics event last week. Chris pointed out that his talk could probably be summed up by one story that …

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John Maddox Prize 2012

Comments on this post are now closed - thank you to all civil contributors! Update 2015: excellent summary of the controversies on this subject at MosaicScience Update 2017: on the results of the PACE trial of CBT for ME/CFS and errors at SBM Last night I was lucky to be at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for …

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Libel Reform update: 3 years on

Background A couple of years back I attended a Skeptics in the Pub meeting in Holborn at which Dave Gorman and Prof Brian Cox came to support Simon Singh. He had been served a libel threat by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) for criticising claims from chiropractors about curing colic in babies and so on. …

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Burzynski

I think it's time for me to say something on this subject. It is after all very closely related to my current... vocation (if one can call it that, being a PhD student still!) and impacting directly on some of my friends. One of those friends is my co-host of our long-neglected podcast, Super Duper …

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The 3rd Perspective

In the spheres of skepticism and alternative health there are two main perspectives we encounter: The 'good' and the 'bad' 1)      That of the incredulous skeptic who insists all is bullshit, gets angry at the quacks and tries to stop them peddling rubbish at gullible people. 2)      The alt med proponents; be they sellers or …

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