Heartland Institute to promote ‘Burzynskicare’ Project

Coverage and analysis of leaked Heartland Institute documents published by DeSmogBlog has, for perfectly understandable reasons, focussed squarely on what their contents appear to tell about the organisation’s active involvement in the promotion of climate change denialism, netting the story the inevitable #deniergate hashtag on Twitter. I say […]

DSM-V: An Old Controversy Revived

It not that often that I come across an article in the Guardian that leave me grinding my teeth in sheer frustration, save for those rare occasions on which the newspaper has given Nadine Dorries an undeserved platform. However, this truly dreadful piece of naked churnalism by the […]

Nemesysco’s LVA Technology – Ghosts in the Noise

Oooh – via the ever vigilant Google Alerts system and the Daily Mail it would appear that old ‘friend’ has resurfaced wearing a new, and rather cheap-looking, suit… Could voice analysis software give away lying CEOS? Ah yes, we’re in questions to which the answer is ‘No’ country […]

O.Q. – Original Quacksters*

I think its time for Andrew Brown to move on from The Guardian to a publisher like Elsevier where his regular opinion column can be given a more appropriate title. Something along the lines of ‘The Journal of Not Even Wrong’ would do very nicely, if only because […]

How not to do pro-choice

What is it with Student Unions? Even when they do something right, they manage to get something badly wrong at the same time. Following a referendum in which 3300 students cast their votes – out of total student body of a little over 23,000, the University College London […]

Did Paul Dirac turn down a Knighthood?

With the media showing a considerable degree of interest in the Cabinet Office’s list of people who declined to accept honours between 1951 and 1999, it is a matter of some considerably irony that something as simple as typographical error may have led the press to miss one […]

Holocaust Memorial Day – Bronowski at Auschwitz

Every year I give some thought to the question of how best to mark Holocaust Memorial Day… …and every year I come back to same thing, this video of Jacob Bronowski at Auschwitz, from the landmark BBC series ‘The Ascent of Man’. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0PDGZKGAWs[/youtube] No more need be said. […]

The Great Five GCSE Myth

One of the more interesting and widely cited, empirically verified, facts to emerge from the field of psychology in the last few decades is the fact that people have a marked propensity to overestimate their own abilities relative to other people. To put another way, if you ask […]

Abortion Counselling consultation resurfaces

As one idiotic idea fades temporarily (?) into the background with the withdrawal of Nadine Dorries’ misconceived abstinence education bill from last Friday’s House of Commons order paper, another resurfaces in the form of proposals to alter the current framework for pre-abortion counselling which are, in part, a […]

They don’t just quack, they weasel as well.

Although the Internet is, today, positively swimming with consumer review websites, the online consumer review model has its flaws. One can never be entirely certain about the personal motives or degree of experience that product reviewers bring to the table nor how robust a review sites’ systems when […]