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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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Magic Wands for Pain Relief

By Peter Bowditch

Sometimes an easy solution to pain is one of those things that looks too good to be true. And is.

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

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A Close Run Thing at the Chemist

By Peter Bowditch

The engagement of pharmacy and pseudoscience was broken before they could get to the altar, but it would have been a one-sided marriage anyway.

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

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My Patience Is Tried

By Peter Bowditch

Scientists and skeptics look for evidence and change their minds when evidence requires it. For some people, however, no evidence is enough, no matter how clear.

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

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Knowing Things That Just Ain’t So

By Peter Bowditch

Evolution has hard-wired us to make mistakes.

Everybody “knows” things that are not true. It is the nature of humanity that nobody can know everything and all of us have misconceptions and gaps in our knowledge.

Most of us recognise this and seek out people with appropriate expertise when we come across something that we don’t know, and accept revision to our internal knowledge base when we get evidence that contradicts what we believe to be true. There is, however, a very large number of people who seem content to be wrong and who cannot be convinced to change their minds when presented with evidence.

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Science Books

By Peter Bowditch

Texas is the most important market for textbooks in the USA, making it a pivotal place for creationists to influence what the rest of the nation is taught in science classes.

Denialists Ignore the Science

By Peter Bowditch

The media are favouring economic and ideological interests over the science in debates about climate change and genetic modification.

This winter saw several science-related stories taking up space and time in the media. The common thread was that scientists are being ignored, essentially on emotional or ideological grounds.

The big story was the proposed carbon tax. I’m not going into the economic arguments of a tax on carbon dioxide production versus an emissions trading scheme, because both of these are attempts to solve the same problem. The arguments against it are, on the surface, either political or based on self-interest, but the underlying thread is denial of climate change.

Skeptic Sued By SensaSlim

By Australian Skeptics

TGA's Complaints Resolution Panel forced to put investigation on hold.

Dr Ken Harvey, adjunct senior lecturer in the School of Public Health at La Trobe University and a regular campaigner against non-scientific products and services, has been put under great personal and financial pressure by a ‘SLAPP’ suit (a strategic lawsuit against public participation) over a complaint he has made concerning a slimming product.