Dec 18 2014

Mark Tilbrook explains why he supports Good Thinking

In 2014, skeptic Mark Tilbrook started a campaign aimed at giving audiences at psychic shows a simple leaflet to help them question the information presented by psychics. Soon after his campaign began, Mark found himself threatened by psychic Sally Morgan’s team. He was subjected to verbal, physical and legal intimidation. Fortunately, with the help of …

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Dec 17 2014

Paula O’Brien’s Psychic Pregnancy Predictions

I firmly believe in the importance of skeptics attending a psychic show, in order to see firsthand how the biggest touring psychics in the country claim to put audience members in touch with the spirits of their dearly departed – for entertainment purposes only, naturally. In seeing such shows up close and witnessing their effect …

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Dec 16 2014

Trading Standards instruct Oasis of Hope UK to remove cancer claims from website

A week ago, Oasis of Hope UK was instructed  to remove claims from its website following our complaint to Nottingham Trading Standards under the Cancer Act (1939). All content was removed from the website yesterday. Oasis of Hope is a controversial cancer clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, which offers a range of unproven treatments for advanced …

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Dec 12 2014

You can now donate to Good Thinking

As you probably know, the Good Thinking Society is a small charity that encourages curious minds, promotes rational enquiry and tackles pseudoscience. So far the charity has been largely funded by Simon Singh, which has enabled Good Thinking to highlight the worst in quackery, to offer grants encouraging skeptical initiatives, to fund a prize for science blogging, …

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Dec 09 2014

Let’s congratulate WHSmith for deciding not to stock “What Doctors Don’t Tell You”

In October, WHSmith stopped selling the magazine What Doctors Don’t Tell You. Although we are not aware if this was as a result of complaints from those who support evidence-based medicine, we applaud this decision heartily. What Doctors Don’t Tell You has since been campaigning for a return, untruthfully claiming to have been “banned” following …

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Nov 21 2014

Tesco embraces NutriCentre and peddles quackery

The controversial magazine What Doctors Don’t Tell You is now back in Tesco despite warnings from doctors that it is dangerously misleading. This, however, is not the only link between Tesco and quackery: the supermarket giant now seems happy to be associated with the harmful products and bad advice offered by NutriCentre. Located on the …

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Nov 18 2014

‘Cancer – There is Hope’ seminars reported to Trading Standards

Trading Standards officers have contacted venues in Manchester and Milton Keynes warning them against possible breaches of the Cancer Act (1939). Dr Francisco Contreras of the Oasis of Hope clinic in Mexico is to discuss his “innovative integrative programme” in London, Milton Keynes and Manchester. After hearing of the planned seminars, I wrote to Trading …

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Oct 31 2014

Psychic Awareness Month draws to a successful close

Halloween marks the end of Psychic Awareness Month for the Good Thinking Society, arranged as a show of support for Mark Tilbrook. Since our project began at the start of October, we have helped organise the quiet, polite leafleting of 27 shows throughout the month – including 12 shows from Sally Morgan, 10 shows from Colin Fry, …

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Oct 16 2014

The Martin Gardner Centenary

Martin Gardner was a leading rationalist and the twentieth century’s greatest recreational mathematician. After his death in 2010, his fans established an annual Celebration of the Mind to take place on his birthday, 21 October. Each year, people hold events all over the world to remind us of his great legacy. This year, to mark …

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Oct 14 2014

Letter on behalf of Mark Tilbrook to Sally Morgan

Today, 14 October 2014, Robert Dougans and Serena Cooke of Bryan Cave wrote a letter on behalf of Mark Tilbrook to Sally Morgan’s solicitor Graham Atkins. In a spirit of openness, the text of that letter is below: Dear Sirs, Your client: Sally Morgan We have been instructed by Mr Mark Tilbrook and we understand …

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