Rape and CJS/CPS performance (revised)

CORRECTIONS When dealing with statistics its important to check not only your figures but also your assumptions. For example, if a government agency, such as the CPS, publishes a report with the title ‘Violence Against Women’ then the natural assumption is that all the data in the report […]

Sexual Frustration Causes Breast Cancer???

No, that’s not a front page headline from an upcoming edition of the Daily Express. Rather its an actual newly published essay in an oncology journal, ‘The Breast Journal’, which is published by Wiley-Blackwell with the following promotional blurb: The Breast Journal is the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary source […]

Coming Soon – Rhys Morgan the Movie

It would appear from today’s Twitter traffic that Rhys Morgan has now hit the big time with the acquisition of his own personal fruitloop, who comes complete with their own batshit insane Youtube channel, ‘SKEPTICSexposed’ (seven videos and counting, so far). That said, most of the smart money […]

Hilary Jones and the Sofa of Doom

If you’ve been following developments in the ongoing case of the skeptical blogosphere vs Dr Stanslaw Burzynski then you’ll probably be aware that, yesterday, yet another branch of mainstream media joined the growing list of professional journalistic enterprises that have recently been drawn into, perhaps unwittingly, promoting his […]

Burzynski – Conscience and Complicity

There’s a side to the ongoing Burzynski story that, for me, hasn’t really been covered in any great depth as yet and so, at the risk of offending a few people along the way, I’m going to dive straight into it and talk about the role of Burzynski’s […]

Are 98% of UK abortions illegal?

I dealt with the absurd proposition that the findings of the RCPsych/NCCMH review of abortion and mental health demonstrates that 98% of abortions carried out in the UK are, in fact, illegal within the provision of the Abortion Act 1967 in my last monster post on the subject […]

Abortion and Mental Health – Why Choice Really Matters.

Having read the Christian Medical Fellowship desperate attempt to put their own spin on the outcome of the NCCMH’s newly published systematic review of the mental health impact of induced abortion I’ve come to the conclusion that the organisation is in dire need of a change of name. […]

Of Psi and Skeptrinos

Over at the Chronicle of Higher Education, Tom Bartlett offers up a rather interesting tale of the travails of two psychologists and a replication study: Back in January, a paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology appeared to prove that ESP is real, that in […]

Democracy, LGBT Rights and Religion

Thaddeus J Wilson poses an interesting problem: But having said that, I was, quite frankly, astounded by the things I read here: “Homosexuals can forget about human rights” – James Nsaba Buturo, former Minister of Ethics and Integrity (!) “I will never initiate or support any attempts to […]

Burzynski – Just One More Thing…

The Observer has deigned to respond to the concerns raised over the last couple of weeks in relation to the rather uncritical coverage it afforded the controversial Burzynski Clinic and, to be perfectly honest, there is very little I can say by way of a response to the […]