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Seth Shostak on Skeptics Guide to the Universe PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by JREF   
Saturday, 17 April 2010 00:00
This week's topics The Skeptics Guide to the Universe:
  • Interview with Seth Shostak
  • News Items: Apollo 13, Water on Mars, Bioprinting, Scientific Literacy in the US, Dawkins vs The Pope
  • Who's That Noisy
  • Your Questions and E-mails: Colour Therapy
  • Science or Fiction
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On For Good Reason: Simon Singh and Libel Reform PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by JREF   
Friday, 16 April 2010 16:35

Simon Singh details recent news regarding the libel case brought against him by the British Chiropractic Association for an article he wrote in the Guardian criticizing chiropractic. He talks about English libel laws, and explains why he says they are the worst in the Western world. He details how the recent appeals court decision in his case could have a positive effect on the scientific community.  He describes the difference between “honest opinion” and facts as they are viewed both in libel cases and in science. And he reveals how the skeptical community in Britain organized a coordinated campaign against chiropractic, leading to investigation of one in four chiropractors there.

In this week’s installment of the Honest Liar, Jamy Ian Swiss allows us to witness a street-side scam in the heart of Times Square. Listen at

Good News For Simon Singh? PDF Print E-mail
Written by D.J. Grothe   
Thursday, 15 April 2010 12:36

Today, Simon Singh got what many skeptics around the world and in the skeptical blogosphere are celebrating as good news: the libel charges against him brought by the British Chiropractic Association have officially been dropped, after he recently won an appeal in the preliminary phase of the case.

And it certainly is good new in many ways. First, Singh won't have to spend another two years of his life defending his right to say that he thinks chiropractic does not result in the positive medical outcomes some chiropractors claim, as he did in the original article in The Guardian that incited the BCA to file the claim of libel against him in the first place. Second, there won’t be the continued exorbitant expense of the libel case itself: over $500,000 has been spent on the case so far by both parties, and it hasn't officially even gone to trial yet (the preliminary proceedings he won at appeal recently were only about the meanings of the words in his original article, and not a winning of the appeal of the libel trial itself). So with all this good news, is there a downside?

TAM 8 Early Registration Deadline Extended! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Thursday, 15 April 2010 10:57

We've had a great response to TAM 8 so far, but due to some glitches with the new software we're using, some of you have had difficulty registering. Because of this, we want to be sure that everyone has a chance to register before the prices go up to the normal rates. We're going to move the early registration cut off to April 30th. After that date, prices will go up and they'll go up again at the door. If you're coming to TAM, now is the time to get the best possible price.

Thank you for your interest... this is going to be the greatest TAM ever! You can register now at this link.

Great News! PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 15 April 2010 10:01
simon_600x600FLASH! Simon Singh, in the UK, has WON his case against the chiropractors! The quacks have withdrawn their case, and it appears that Simon may now be able to recover the costs of his involvement! And – equally important! – this may be a turning point for the UK system of justice, which has allowed cases to be brought against those in science who have dared to tell the actual facts about what is going on in "alternative" medicine – and in pseudoscience. I trust that we'll now be hearing more from real scientists who are dismayed at what's going on in their field.

I must mention that Simon Singh – in person, folks – will be appearing at TAM8 in Las Vegas, July 8th to 11th. Hats off to Simon and the UK skeptical community who so boldly supported him in his fight! Kudos to all! I may even have a glass of champagne with lunch...! Wheeee!

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