The Observer Prints Readers’ Editor Non-Apology For #Burzynski Article

What do you think? The readers' editor on… kind hearts and a cruel illness The Observer devoted a page to this story a fortnight ago, presenting it as a first-person piece by Billie's uncle, music writer Luke Bainbridge, although told to another journalist. Yet what was intended as a gripping, human-interest story quickly drew a sustained attack on the paper for apparently offering unquestioning support for a highly controversial cancer treatment, known at antineoplaston therapy. Dorothy Bishop, … [Read more...]

Macroprions!

[Read more...]

Have A Very Support-Your-Local Talent And Be Pro-Skeptic Christmas-Gift List

Recently I sent a gift to some friends (in fact two friends, Derek and Swoopy of Skepticality), as a gesture of thanks for the four years that I worked on the SkepTrack at Dragon*Con. I've been backstage for a number of events at that convention, had the opportunity to contribute to panels as both a creator of topics and even a presenter, and I know that it wouldn't have been possible to do that if it wasn't for them.Since the gift I sent them was for an event some time in the future, I … [Read more...]

Phil Plait – An Asteroid Impact Can Ruin Your Whole Day. And Your Species

TEDX Boulder presentation by Dr Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy. … [Read more...]

Tickets Now On Sale – World Skeptics Convention In Berlin, 2012

Early Announcement: 6th World Skeptics Congress - Ticket sales will be enabled on December 1st, 2011. This is the first announcement of the 6th World Skeptics Congress to be held from May 18 - 20, 2012 in Berlin, Germany,  Hotel Crowne Plaza (Berlin City Centre). The Congress series deals with claims ranging from the paranormal and supernatural to fringe science issues and conspiration theories. Major topics at this event will be science and pseudoscience in education, addressing in particular an … [Read more...]

On Examination Superstitions

Although it is time for seasonal cheer, beer, what have you – the end of our school year for us in the southern hemisphere includes a fresh batch of abandoned lucky charms to clean out of my classroom.It’s a part of what I study – superstitions. Being superstitious is a world-wide phenomenon. Many of us may have been like one of my students, going in for their exam and carrying with the pencils a cute little item or toy (as famously demonstrated by Mr Bean in this popular episode), wear a certa … [Read more...]

Cheerful Links (Anniversary)

Today, I need cheering up. This does come with a bit of a content warning (medieval-style violence, bit of NSFW shouting):I don't know if this cheers me up or makes me sad that I can't tell someone about it. This is the Australian peacock spider: … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic With Sharon Hill Of Doubtful Newsblog

Now out on the Token Skeptic podcast.Sharon Hill is a geologist and author of the Doubtful blog about science and pseudoscience aimed at the public. She explores the intersection of science and public understanding as a student in the Science and the Public Ed.M. graduate program at the State University of New York at Buffalo (a joint initiative with the Center For Inquiry). More recently she has started the Doubtful Newsblog, which is rapidly becoming the must-subscribe site for all skeptics … [Read more...]

Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson

This happens to be filmed at Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey, the school that George Hrab graduated from [/trivia].From I09: The traffic generated by the posting of the interview took its toll on the Hayden Planetarium's servers, so the video featured here is streaming from YouTube — but be sure to show the HP some love. … [Read more...]

Boing Boing’s Cory Doctorow Weighs In On Burzynski Clinic’s Marc Stephens

Representative from Burzynski Clinic sends aggressive legal threats to skeptics who question "antineoplaston" cancer therapy: ...Whether or not Mr Stephens is a lawyer, his responses to several skeptics who questioned his "client"'s science are not, in my opinion, in keeping with good science or good public policy. The world of science has no room for angry threats when a claim is put forward. The scientific method demands that skepticism be rebutted with proof, not threats. On seeing this, I am … [Read more...]

Won’t Shut Up About #Burzynski? Photograph A TEENAGER’S HOUSE To Silence Them

A summary of the Burzynski's efforts to censor bloggers is here - On The Burzynski Clinic Issuing Legal Threats Against Bloggers – Support The Streisand Effect.From Rhys Morgan's Blog - 'Threats From The Burzynski Clinic': Rhys,This is my THIRD AND FINAL WARNING to you.Please convey this message to your entire Skeptic Network, which includes but not limited to, Ratbags.com, thetwentyfirstfloor, quackwatch, etc. I represent Dr. Burzynski, the Burzynski Clinic, and the Burzynski Research Ins … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X