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British Advertising Standards Authority calls Homeopathy a Science

Posted in Uncategorized by reasonfreely on February 2, 2011

According to this article (in The Register, which I don’t recognize – anyone?), the UK Advertising Standards Authority ruled that people with doctoral degrees in Essential Oils, Homeopathy, etc. are “scientists.”

Is this for real?

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If she weighs the same as a duck, she’s made of wood?

Posted in news by reasonfreely on May 18, 2010

And therefore…


Tim Minchin, “Storm”

Posted in Uncategorized by reasonfreely on February 18, 2010

This is not a video but an audio rendering of an excellent song by Tim Minchin, with text displayed (for those without sound, you can read along, but you miss his charming British Aussie expat accent, and the funny rhymes).

UK Homeopathy Protest

Posted in news by reasonfreely on February 2, 2010

A while ago, I wrote a rambling post on my private livejournal (before I started this blog) about natural medicines and how they are handled poorly and need more regulation.  Ephedra (“Mormon Tea”) was my main gripe:  Look at this, a natural medicine that really works, and because it wasn’t regulated, it got out of control and people died.  So now it’s banned. It serves as evidence that the natural medicine industry is a disorganized, unscientific pile of scam artists and loonies.

Over the weekend, we had some hilarious news from those plucky skeptics in the UK, a country that on dit seems to be having a resurgence of free thought.  The topic?  Homeopathic medicine.  Now this is different from “natural medicine” in that homeopathic medicine is, mgs per ml, a whole lot crazier.  But easy targets make good television (and blogging!).

Story at The Daily MailStory on SalonDawkins