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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.

What Science Isn’t

By Peter Bowditch

Scientific credibility requires more than a white coat, a laboratory and machines that go “ping”.

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

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Will Your Smart Meter Make You Less Smart?

By Peter Bowditch

The introduction of smart electricity meters has led to some silly public misconceptions.

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

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Organic Food: What’s In It For Me?

By Peter Bowditch

A metastudy analyses the health benefits of eating organic foods.

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

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When Religion and Medicine Disagree

By Peter Bowditch

Should doctors be able to overrule parents who refuse life-saving treatments for their children due to religious beliefs?

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

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Homeopathy Watered Down?

By Peter Bowditch

Homeopaths are worried by changes to British and Dutch legislation, with Australia also under review.

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

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Citation Cold Case

By Peter Bowditch

Advocates of quackery realise that their misquotes of credible sources will not be checked, so that information that is wrong or taken out of context becomes copied until it is considered fact.

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

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Close Enough Is Better Than Nothing

By Peter Bowditch

Peer review may not be perfect but it’s better than the alternative of being able to say, claim and publish anything at all.

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

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Seven Signs of a Quack

By Peter Bowditch

How does an expensive cancer clinic measure up against seven signs of pseudoscience?

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

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Checking the Facts

By Peter Bowditch

How much can you rely on what you read without checking the facts yourself?

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

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