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Naked Skeptic

The Naked Skeptic column

Argumentum ad whateverum

By Peter Bowditch

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

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Do It Again

By Peter Bowditch

Anomalous or unexpected results will always be a part of scientific research.

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If It’s Too Good to Be True...

By Peter Bowditch

Despite the NHMRC’s findings on homeopathy and the death of a “wellness warrior”, there is little critical evaluation of health claims by the mainstream media.

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It Can’t Hurt You: It’s Natural

By Peter Bowditch

The company that marketed a raw milk product that killed a child should not be allowed to use product-labelling loopholes to escape justice.

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Abuse of a Sound Principle

By Peter Bowditch

The Precautionary Principle has been abused in debates about climate change, vaccination and genetically modified food.

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A Placebo Can Relieve a Skeptic’s Pain

By Peter Bowditch

Even when we are aware of it, a placebo can still produce a real effect.

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Stem Cell Promises Give Way to Abuses

By Peter Bowditch

Stem cell tourism employs the same tactics as the cancer quackery industry to exploit the hopes of people desperate for cures of serious medical conditions.

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Milks Ain’t Milk

By Peter Bowditch

Milk is sold as full fat, low fat, fat-free, permeate-free, organic, A2 or unpasteurised, but do the health benefits match the marketing hype?

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Keeping Your Skepticism out of Court

By Peter Bowditch

While corporations can no longer sue for defamation, they can instead attack skeptics by arguing for intellectual property infringement or practices that damage their business.

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A Denier or a Skeptic?

By Peter Bowditch

Deniers are rebadging themselves as “skeptics” by arguing that they are challenging scientific orthodoxy.

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