For Ada Lovelace Day: Janet Lane-Claypon

March 24, 2010 at 8:30 am (Good Science, Miscellaneous) (, )

In honour of Ada Lovelace (one of the world’s first computer programmers), the http://findingada.com/ website aims to draw attention to the achievements of women in technology and science on March 24th – Ada Lovelace Day – with an international day of blogging. Here is my contribution. Read the rest of this entry »

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Holford, Burne and Serotonin Pills

March 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm (Bad Science) (, , , , , , , , , )

Here, Jerome Burne is given space on Patrick Holford’s blog to defend homeopathy by attacking drugs that are part of conventional medicine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let’s Not Kid Ourselves – We Are All Irrational

March 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm (Miscellaneous) (, , , , , )

Are human beings rational? No. In fact, Stuart Sutherland managed to write an entire book on the Irrationality of people. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Trouble With Government Policy

March 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm (Politics) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Moral and pragmatic considerations play a part in most policy making, and (when convenient) some policy may even be evidence-based. In formulating policy, the policy makers must decide how much weight to give moral considerations, practicality, and the evidence base. Read the rest of this entry »

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Supplement Firms Are Informants for the ASA

March 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm (Nutritionism, Supplements) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

When they’re not running trials initiatives, or being being slapped down by the Advertising Standards Authority, some firms like to while away the hours making complaints to the ASA about their competitors. Read the rest of this entry »

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