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Put the Lyme in the Quackonut

By Peter Bowditch

There is little evidence that chiropractors are willing to reform their practices.

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What Is a PhD Worth?

By Peter Bowditch

The University of Wollongong has tarnished its reputation by accepting a PhD thesis that presents anti-vaccination dogma in place of primary evidence.

In late 2015 the University of Wollongong accepted a PhD thesis by Judy Wilyman entitled: “A critical analysis of the Australian government’s rationale for its vaccination policy”. She will now be awarded a doctorate.

There are three players in the drama: Dr Wilyman, Prof Brian Martin (who supervised the process) and the University of Wollongong (which awarded the degree).

Smart People, Strange Ideas

By Peter Bowditch

Even people who are rational about most matters can hold opinions that aren’t supported by science or even common sense.

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University Research Is Losing Its Independence

By Peter Bowditch

Universities can no longer be relied upon to allow unconventional voices to be heard – unless there’s sponsorship attached.

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A History Lesson for Smart Kids

Harry Messel was the inspiration for a talk Peter Bowditch gave at the 2015 Young Scientist Awards organised by the Science Teachers’ Association of NSW.

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Things Change. Get Used to It

By Peter Bowditch

How concerned should we be that only 39% of psychology research can be replicated?

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Are All Placebos Equal?

By Peter Bowditch

Is the placebo effect the same whether you receive it as a pill, a needle or an ointment?

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Nocebo: Whatever Doesn’t Kill You Might

By Peter Bowditch

The opposite of a placebo is called a “nocebo”, which is when expectations of a bad effect lead to a bad experience.

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Argumentum ad whateverum

By Peter Bowditch

A guide to four fallacies that derail many debates about science.

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