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Dirty politics on the Royal Society fluoride review

In Anti-fluoride activists unhappy about scientific research I related how local anti-fluoride propagandists were busy rubbishing the Royal Society of NZ  fluoride review – even before it was released. Now that it is released (see Health Effects of Water Fluoridation: a Review of … Continue reading

New group challenging the anti-science brigade

Here’s a recent press release from a new group, The Society for Science Based Healthcare, which is having some successes in challenging anti-scientific advertising. Controversial Church Caught Red Handed The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld three complaints from the newly formed … Continue reading

Wishart misrepresents fluoride science to advance his extreme ideology

Seems if there is an anti-scientific bandwagon to climb on New Zealand’s own self-described “investigative journalist” just can’t help himself. Having self-published books on climate change (he denies the science) and evolution (he supports creationism) it shouldn’t be long before he … Continue reading

Science and faith

I am spending some time dealing with family business so I am reposting some of my past book reviews over the next few days. These could be useful with Christmas coming up. Victor Stenger has a very useful series of … Continue reading

News media influences public trust in science

No one will be surprised at the headline on Dana Nuccitelli‘s Guardian blog – Fox News found to be a major driving force behind global warming denial. Still, the article references a new research paper by Hmielkowski et al. in the Public … Continue reading

Poisoning the well with a caricature of science

Spoiler alert – if you haven’t seen this video before have a look at it before reading on.

Getting a grip on the science behind claims about fluoridation

Here’s an interesting graphic on fluoridation and the scientific evidence for it. It is from Ethan Seigel’s blog Starts with a Bang (see Weekend Diversion: Fluoridated Water: Science, Scams and Society). The article itself is a good description of the issues … Continue reading

The science of consciousness

Here’s a fascinating talk on the science of consciousness given at the TED talks in CERN.* The talk on consciousness and the brain is by philosopher John Searle. He is  Slusser Professor of Philosophy at University of California, Berkeley, and … Continue reading

Entertaining – and the science is good

I am spending some time dealing with family business so am reposting some of my past book reviews over the next few day. I reviewed this book recently, but its worth repeating. It’s fictional, but it’s about an important issue … Continue reading

“Divine commands” and personal conscience

Fifteen years ago I visited Israel and can vividly remember the sight of a rifle-carrying guard on a bus full of school children in the north-east. It brought home to me the reality of religious and political extremism which can … Continue reading