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The Naked Skeptic column

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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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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