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Research into the psychology of conspiracy theorists has been withdrawn from publication following complaints that the research is itself a conspiracy.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

By Peter Bowditch

Campaigns against fluoridation, vaccination and wind farms prove that if people think something is bad for them they will react badly.

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

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The Girl in the Iron Lung

By Peter Bowditch

With Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan the last remaining refuges of polio, most people today haven’t lived through a polio endemic and can’t truly appreciate the importance of vaccination.

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

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We’re Still Here

By Peter Bowditch

It’s not surprising that the world didn’t end on 21 December, as predictions about the end of the world are nothing new.

The must be some people in the world with access to the internet or mass media who didn’t hear the stories about how the world was possibly going to end on 21 December 2012. The usual reason for picking this date was that a calendar made by the Mayans several centuries ago ran out then.

Predictions of the end of the world are not new. There have been thousands of them over the centuries, and they fall roughly into two classes – religious prophecy and weirdness, with the latter including psychics, UFO believers and the truly insane.