"A skeptic is one who prefers beliefs and conclusions that are reliable and valid to ones that are comforting or convenient, and therefore rigorously and openly applies the methods of science and reason to all empirical claims, especially their own. A skeptic provisionally proportions acceptance of any claim to valid logic and a fair and thorough assessment of available evidence, and studies the pitfalls of human reason and the mechanisms of deception so as to avoid being deceived by others or themselves. Skepticism values method over any particular conclusion." - Dr. Steven Novella of The New England Skeptics and The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast.

An open letter to The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA)

I've heard that the AACMA have made an accusation against the character of Edzard Ernst. Specifically that he has “undeclared links to the pharmaceutical industry”. If you are wanting to do more than poison the well you should probably declare these publically. 

0.999... = 1

This is the (edited) body of an e-mail I sent to The Reality Check. Probably my favourite podcast at present. I got a reply from Elan (my favourite host—everything's coming up Milhouse!) asking if I could post it somewhere so they might link to it in the show notes. That's what this is.

ACC under the microscope again

The Society for Science Based Healthcare is taking a closer look at ACC payouts to those claiming for acupuncture.

Simillimum, Health 2000, ear candles and fluoride

Another fortnight, another round of ASA complaints released.

Things of interest this time include 4 anti-fluoride that were not upheld, a complaint from @honestuniverse about Health 2000, an upheld Ear Candles complaint by @listay1 and a settled complaint against Simillimum Homeopathic Pharmacy by myself.

The NZ Pharmacy Council

I had an interesting talk with a lady at NetPharmacy today. We were discussing a product called No Jet Lag, which is a homeopathic jet lag "remedy".

Is PubMed a credible source?

So... I wrote an OIA that lead to an article in The Dominion Post which has comments on the article enabled.

Site reboot

So... since I went on the walk some time back the site appears to have fallen into disuse. One of the plans for this year is to reboot the site.

Fluoridation critic still unhappy after ad complaint rejected

I'm wondering why this made it as a news story at all. The tl;dr; for it would read "Psudeoscience promoter whines about having complaint rejected due to facts."

The Limits Of Knowledge. Or science. Take your pick.

OK, so this could go in several places, but this is as good as any so I'll just leave this here


A few great YouTube channels for you all...

You'll be able to find 'em easily by using the YouTube search engine. Here are the channels:

1) geekandsundry (Wil Wheaton hosts a few videos here)
2) Nerdist
3) numberphile
4) scishow
5) Vsauce
6) Vsauce2 (both Vsauce and Vsauce2 have a lot of cool science related videos)
7) Vsauce3 (gaming related)

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