#1
For those who don't know who he is, he spends his spare time destroying homeopaths, Gillian McKeith (aka The Awful Poo Lady), bad scientists, big pharma and newpaper syense (including the ludicrous claims of a link between autism and the MMR vaccine). For those of you who do know him, isn't he just dreamy?

In recent news, TAPL has continued to be a silly cunt.

Discuss, I suppose, as well as discussing shit science and quackery more generally.
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#2
There shouldn't need to be a person whose job it is to say "water doesn't turn into medicine if you put it next to some medicine".

Although I do find this sort of thing massively satisfying.
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#3
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#4
He is kind of dreamy.

I did read that chapter about Gillian McKeith, doesn't her "doctorate" come from some random non-approved education centre in the USA?
#6
Homeopathy is so retarded. The medicine becomes more efficient the more you dilute it?
#9
...I think own his book...
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#10
Read his book, it's good and i like what hes doing. It's funny that nutritionist isn't a protected term like doctor is. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist

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#11
So he is like Penn and Teller, but specialises in homeopathy? I am so there.
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So he is like Penn and Teller, but specialises in homeopathy? I am so there.


He's like Penn and Teller minus the libertarian bias.

Oh, also, he knows what he's talking about, rather than staging a bunch of silly interviews and cracking hi-laaaaarious jokes.
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He's like Penn and Teller minus the libertarian bias.

Oh, also, he knows what he's talking about, rather than staging a bunch of silly interviews and cracking hi-laaaaarious jokes.


True, you learn about 3 things from watching P&T, but its framework is quite funny, even if there is no actual debating going on.
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#14
I enjoyed the book, although his writing is a bit patronising but that may just be because, as I have a science background, I was really who the book was aimed at.

One thing I thought was a bit strange was that he complained about "humanities graduates creating a parody of science" but at many points during the book created parodies of humanities graduates.

Whether his criticisms were valid or not, I don't think it was particularly helpful for his cause that he attacked a large group of his target audience by creating parodies and saying that humanities graduates mock science because they are annoyed that they can't understand it. After all, this book is not aimed at scientists so that leaves people who don't have degrees and humanities graduates. And he clearly shows that journalists, politicians ect. not fully understanding science is a problem, so his book is aimed at educating humanities graduates. So why not cut out the ego and hold back a little to further the cause?
#15
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Read his book, it's good and i like what hes doing. It's funny that nutritionist isn't a protected term like doctor is. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist

Dietician is protected though, as far as I know at least.
There are heaps of professions like that, psychologist or counsellor isn't protected in Ireland. Until recently neither was Driving Instructor, meaning that any moron could set up as a driving instructor, in theory even if they didn't actually have a license.
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#16
I personally don't believe Homeopathy works. Then again, I also believe that small over the counter medications, such as paracetamol, are more placebo than medicine. Personally, if I have a headache I'll take 500mg of Paracetamol, instead of the normal amount of ~200mg. (It's called Paradol, or Paramol or something)

But any "scientist" who goes on TV claiming to have some new cure for something, and is selling it, instantly loses my respect. Science is to help humanity, not make money of them.
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There shouldn't need to be a person whose job it is to say "water doesn't turn into medicine if you put it next to some medicine".

Although I do find this sort of thing massively satisfying.


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