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Last Week In Science-Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall, MD, The SkepDoc   
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 09:23

Here is a recap of the stories that appeared last week at Science-Based Medicine, a multi-author skeptical blog that separates the science from the woo in medicine.

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From Simon Singh PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brandon K. Thorp   
Monday, 22 February 2010 12:09

All: Here’s a note from Simon Singh. Please read, and please do sign the petition at Libelreform.org. Grazie. – BKT

Dear Friends, Rationalists, Bloggers, Journalists, Medics, Skeptics & Scientists:

As you may know, I am currently being sued for libel. My own case is largely irrelevant, because the bigger issue is libel reform so that scientists can discuss ideas openly, fairly and robustly, without fear that they might end up in court. There are currently three ongoing cases involving libel and science/medicine.

This is a very English problem, but it has a chilling effect on debate around the world because English law can have a global jurisdiction. Hence, I am asking for support from around the world.

One way to help achieve libel reform is for 100,000 people to sign the petition for libel reform before the political parties write their manifestos for the upcoming General Election. We already have 29,000 signatures, but we really need 100,000, and we need your help to get there.

If you have not yet signed, then please click here.

To find out why we need to reform English libel law, then please read on.

 

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Interview With Captain D. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brandon K. Thorp   
Friday, 19 February 2010 11:19

Check it out: Sometime between 1 - 2 p.m. EST, our local National Public Radio affiliate, WLRN, is going to run an interview I conducted last week with Captain Disillusion for South Florida Artsbeat. (Ordinarily I review theater for the program, but the Captain deserves a segment of his own.) If you’re in South Florida, you can listen in at 91.3 FM. If you’re south of Key West, west of the Everglades, north of Palm Beach, or east of the Atlantic, you can listen to the streaming audio here.

 
How To Give Progressivism a Bad Name In Your Already Not-Very-Progressive Southern State PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brandon K. Thorp   
Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:54

A journalist friend once remarked to me that “fair and balanced” reportage is an impossible ideal because the two terms are at war. To be fair is to tell the truth as best you can. To be balanced is to consult a flat-Earther for a counterpoint every time you write a story about a shuttle launch. This is a fine distinction, and one that I'm guessing the good folks at Atlanta Progressive News failed to grok while attempting to justify the firing of senior staff writer Jonathan Springston because of his unseemly attachment to... objectivity.

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Flogging the adverts. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Cuno   
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 12:30

I had intended my recent Swift article to be an empowering piece on personal responsibility. I also wanted to bust a few myths about advertising’s alleged powers of control. Judging from many of the comments, it seems that some readers took the piece for a unilateral defense of marketing, abuses included, and a disavowal of marketers’ responsibilities for what and how they sell.

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