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Right to Read Denied by Deniers

By Peter Bowditch

A research paper about the people who are drawn to conspiracy theories has been permanently retracted due to the threat of litigation by climate change deniers rather than a flaw in the science.

In September last year I wrote about a paper that had been published in the online journal Frontiers of Psychology – “Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation” – but had subsequently been removed except for the abstract and the following statement:

A TKO for Anti-Vax Network

By Peter Bowditch

Australia’s anti-vaccination lobby group has been dealt a body blow – and a few jabs.

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The Best Research Money Can Buy

By Peter Bowditch

Why is Swisse funding research into the effectiveness of its vitamins when the TGA requires it to have such evidence prior to their listing?

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Philosophy Versus Science, and Vice Versa

By Peter Bowditch

Has philosophy outlived its usefulness or does it still provide a framework enabling trust in science?

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What You See Might Not Be What You Get

By Peter Bowditch

DNA barcoding has revealed considerable product substitution in herbal remedies.

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Filtering Science through Conspiracy

By Peter Bowditch

A new study finds that people who tend to believe in conspiracies are also likely to reject a consensus of scientific opinion on issues like climate change and vaccination.

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It’s All Happening, and It’s All Connected

By Peter Bowditch

This spring sees the decadal anniversaries of two favourites among conspiracy theorists.

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Fides et Ratio – Faith and Reason

By Peter Bowditch

Are reports of a negative correlation between intelligence and religious belief a tabloid beat-up?

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A Conspiracy of Conspiracists

By Peter Bowditch

Research into the psychology of conspiracy theorists has been withdrawn from publication following complaints that the research is itself a conspiracy.

Peter Bowditch is a former President of Australian Skeptics Inc. (www.skeptics.com.au).

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How Time Flies

By Peter Bowditch

What has changed since Peter Bowditch first wrote for this column 10 years ago?

Peter Bowditch is a former President of Australian Skeptics Inc. (www.skeptics.com.au).

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