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Real Sceptic: Choosing Alternative Medicine To Treat Cancer Is Deadly

I’ve lost count of the times of people saying “what’s the harm?” towards me when I tell them that you shouldn’t use alternative medicine. After all, if it doesn’t work it can’t harm you. Right? I’ll skip the ethics of selling something that doesn’t work to people who are desperate. The financial consequences of spending

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2017-10-25 17:26   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Why We Became Scientists: Dunderhead

Working with scientists for over a decade has taught me one thing: they are an interesting and varied bunch. Fiercely dedicated to their chosen career, love what they do, very enthusiastic when given half a chance to talk about their research, and very inquisitive. They perk up when somewhere a scientist says “huh, that’s funny.”

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2017-04-01 17:17   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: AGU Fall Meeting Day 1 – Education And Science Outreach

The past days I’ve been at the AGU Fall Meeting interviewing scientists and experts, going to presentations, visit poster sessions, checking out exhibitions, and meeting a lot of interesting folks. Basically I’m gathering information and content on a lot of climate science and science communication related subjects. Via my Twitter account you can get the latest updates on

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2016-12-15 05:08   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: San Francisco Meet Up & AGU Fall Meeting

This is just a quick post for two announcements. The first one is that I’m in San Francisco at the moment and this Friday I’ll be meeting with Jason from Opinion-Ville. Anyone who is interested can join us. Please see below for further details. The second announcement is that I’ll be attending the AGU Fall

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2016-12-08 03:24   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: The Big Pharma Cancer Conspiracy

Social media is both a blessing and the bane of my life. It’s used to great effect to counter (potentially dangerous) misinformation and share fun little tidbits about science. But at the same time it has made it easy to reach millions with wacky conspiracy theories. Some use it very effectively to spread misinformation. For me

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2016-12-07 23:49   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Activity Trackers Aren’t A Weight Loss Miracle Cure

Wearables like activity trackers do get a bit of attention today. They are still a bit gimmicky as the market is still figuring out how people use them and want to use them. But there is a steady uptake in their usage, consumers bought a respectable 78 millions devices last year. I’m even among the folks who quite happily use

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2016-10-06 18:20   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Brexit: Emotions Trumped Facts During UK’s Referendum

Politics isn’t what I usually write about. To me politics and preferred policy options are consequences of how you see the world and the road you want to take. It’s something personal but can be a fun topic to talk about with all the different perspectives. To me it’s a valid option to say you don’t want

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2016-06-25 18:38   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Devastating Reply To Richard Tol’s Nonsensus In Peer-Reviewed Journal

It’s not often that I’ll go the “I told you so route”, but this time it seems appropriate towards Richard Tol. Though maybe also a thank you might be in order with how decisive scientists rebutted Tol’s nonsensus. But before I go into that, a bit of context is needed.

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2016-04-13 04:46   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: How to hide most of China’s coal consumption

Last week a co-worker pointed me towards the Twitter account of Dutch research journalist Marcel Crok. His concern was mostly with some recent factually incorrect tweets on this account. But as I started to browse through his time-line another tweet grabbed my attention. The tweet has since been running through my mind. Not because it is a particularly good tweet, or that it makes a good…

2015-10-14 17:54   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Willie Soon’s Deliverables

The release of documents that showed Willie Soon receiving funding from vested interests has created quite a lot of chatter on the internet and in the media. The initial article in the New York Times Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher that broke this story is in my opinion quite good.

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2015-10-07 14:44   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Scientists Respond To Tol’s Misrepresentation Of Their Consensus Research

To quote John Reisman, “Science is not a democracy. It is a dictatorship. It is evidence that does the dictating.” It’s this evidence based ‘dictatorship’ that is the basis for a scientific consensus. Based on this ‘dictatorship’ of evidence we know that global warming is real, we're causing it, and that it’s a problem if we don't act. This presents a real problem for those…

2015-09-21 17:12   Click to comment


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