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The Naked Skeptic column

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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Darwin’s Aussie Epiphany

By Peter Bowditch

Long before he struck upon his theory of natural selection, Charles Darwin experienced a revelation while exploring the Blue Mountains.

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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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