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Name: Johnnie Shannon
Date registered: January 22, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Good Thinking Job Vacancy — September 17, 2013
  2. Health Thermometer Launched — June 7, 2013
  3. QED Unicorn’s Lair — March 22, 2013
  4. Final Three Small Grant Awards — March 19, 2013
  5. First Two Small Grant Recipients — February 22, 2013

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Sep 17 2013

Good Thinking Job Vacancy

Applications are now closed Since Simon Singh launched his Good Thinking Society last year, the organisation has gradually begun to initiate projects in line with its motto: “encouraging curious minds and promoting rational enquiry”. In addition to organising last year’s science blogging prize and offering small grants to promote scepticism, Good Thinking is investigating bad …

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Jun 07 2013

Health Thermometer Launched

We have just launched our latest project; the Health Thermometer. We will be monitoring the major newspapers for sensationalist, inaccurate and scaremongering health journalism. We want to identify the worst offenders in order to warn and inform the general public and, hopefully, drive up standards. You can find out more about the project here.

Mar 22 2013

QED Unicorn’s Lair

Thanks to Edinburgh and Horsham Skeptics in the Pubs for submitting proposals for our £500 SitP grant project. Simon Clare from Horsham Skeptics in the Pub wanted to help set up SitPs around Kent, and requested funding to run pilot events in Canterbury, Maidstone and Ashford. His goal is to establish new SitP groups in …

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Mar 19 2013

Final Three Small Grant Awards

We are delighted to announce the final three awards for our small grants: Edinburgh Skeptics on The Fringe Edinburgh Skeptics in the Pub have been running a successful programme of events during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This grant of £1,000 will help support a range of potential ideas, from hosting events in larger venues to greater cross-promotion …

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Feb 22 2013

First Two Small Grant Recipients

We are delighted to announce the first two recipients of our small grants. The remaining three grant recipients will be revealed next month. Private Health Screening Awareness £1,000 has been granted to a group headed up by Dr Margaret McCartney, a Glasgow GP and author of The Patient Paradox. Dr McCartney has been vocal in …

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Feb 11 2013

Small Grants Update

We had hoped to award our small grants by mid-January, but evaluating the proposals has taken longer than anticipated. The bad news, of course, is that some proposals were unsuccessful, and those involved have already been notified. However, the good news is that we now have a list of five proposals that we will be …

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Feb 05 2013

What Would Your SitP Group do with £500?

Good Thinking is keen to fund scepticism. This year, at QED, we want to give £500 to a Skeptics in the Pub group. If you can come up with an idea that requires this sort of funding you’re in with a chance. All you need to do is submit a short proposal (max 200 words) …

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Dec 23 2012

Voting for the Golden Duck at Skeptics in the Pub

Crispian Jago of Winchester Skeptics in the Pub describes the voting process for the Golden Duck: Science, reason, and good thinking are concepts that resonate well with the good folk of Winchester. When Winchester Skeptics in the Pub started inviting science writers, broadcasters and academics to come down and talk about various topics from a …

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Dec 23 2012

Adam Finn Comments on the Golden Duck Winner

The Golden Duck 2012

Adam Finn, Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Bristol, had this to say upon hearing of Wakefield’s victory in the Golden Duck: In the past, a small minority of people thought that vaccines were unsafe, unnecessary and/or unnatural. However, a large majority accepted them as one of the many benefits of modern life, alongside …

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Nov 25 2012

David Colquhoun and Suzi Gage Joint Winners of 2012 UK Science Blog Prize

Good Thinking is delighted to announce the results of the 2012 UK Science Blog Prize. Winner: David Colquhoun – DC’s Improbable Science Winner: Suzi Gage – Sifting the Evidence Runner Up: Dorothy Bishop – BishopBlog Runner Up: Ed Yong – Not Exactly Rocket Science Runner Up: Oliver Childs, Henry Scowcroft and Kat Arney – Cancer Research UK Science Update …

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