EmoTrance: The New Name for Bullshit

I learned a new word this week – EmoTrance. EmoTrance is the new name for bullshit. In the last week, its received no less than two articles worth of coverage in The Times’ educational supplements; one, a vomit inducing piece of brainless advertorial by Adi Bloom, an arts […]

Johnson’s Flavour of the Month leaves Bad Taste

The row over the sacking of Professor David Nutt is, it seems, rumbling on nicely with this exchange between Evan Harris and Alan Johnson in regards to the accuracy, or otherwise, of comments made by Johnson in his statement to the House of Commons: The exchange contains this […]

British Company sells $60,000 Dowsing Rods to Iraq as ‘Explosives Detectors’

Arthur C Clarke once famously noted that ‘any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’. Were he still alive today he might also have observed that magic, when dressed up in sufficiently advanced technobabble, can be readily mistaken for science. Tuesday’s New York Times carried this quite staggering […]

In Praise of David Nutt

If you’ll excuse the bad pun, Alan Johnson has made a complete hash of his handling of the sacking of Professor David Nutt. No, that’s unfair – the government has collectively made a complete hash of things. Johnson is just the poor sap who’s having to field a […]

Simon Singh and the Daubert Standard

Coming on top of the lifting of Carter-Ruck’s attempt to gag The Guardian on behalf of Trafigura, yesterday’s news that Simon Singh has now been granted leave to appeal Justice Eady’s perverse ruling on the meaning of the statements for which he’s being sued for libel by the […]

Nonsense du Jour (Organic Edition)

As might well be expected, the published findings of a major Food Standards Agency commissioned systematic review of the alleged health benefits of organic produce have put a few noses out of joint, not least that of the Soil Association, after it concluded that: …there are no important […]

Beware the spinal trap

Hey, you know me – always up for a bit of Spartacus action. So as the call has gone out from Sense About Science, asking bloggers to reproduce the article for which Simon Singh is currently being sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association then, of course, […]

Pseudoscience – not a valid educational choice

Anyone who’s passionate about science, as I am, cannot help but be seriously concerned by the growing extent to which anti-scientific ideas, and the groups and organisations that promote them, are increasingly creeping into public life and attracting mainstream political support. While it’s easy to ridicule the purveyors […]

Fairies at the bottom of the schoolyard.

I’m generally not one for talking up the qualities of Tory Shadow Ministers, as you might easily guess, but I have to admit that for a while I’ve considered the Shadow Education Minister, Michael Gove, to be one of the more quietly impressive figures in what is otherwise […]

Following the [Darian] Leader…

Zarathustra, who’s both an occasional visitor to the comment boxes here at the Ministry and a damn fine blogger in their own right, over at Mental Nurse, currently has a very welcome guest post on the go over at my second online home, Liberal Conspiracy, which relates to […]