Michael Marshall

Michael Marshall – Project Director Co-founder of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and co-organiser of the QED skeptical conference, 'Marsh' was the project leader and figurehead of the 10:23 Campaign, aimed at raising public awareness of homeopathy - resulting in international coverage and worldwide skeptical involvement. With a background in marketing and communications, his skeptical activism has included testing psychic claims, trialling sports performance wristbands, interviewing proponents of alternative beliefs and exposing the influences of PR in journalism.

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What Doctors Don’t Tell You / Get Well withdrawn from shelves in in the UK

Today, we learned that the editors of Get Well – the rebranded What Doctors Don’t Tell You magazine – have decided to withdraw it from the shelves of retailers across the UK, so it will in future only be sold on a subscription-only model. What Doctors Don’t Tell You has been notorious for years as …

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The Good Magic Award Winners announced

The first Good Magic Awards received many impressive applications. After careful consideration, the judging panel selected two winners to receive the £1000 awards: Megan Swann and Breathe Magic.

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The Good Magic Awards

Celebrating magic for social good Some performers use magic tricks to improve the lives of others, including work with disadvantaged groups, charities, hospital patients, schools, community groups, and those facing physical and psychological challenges. This use of magic brings wide-ranging benefits, such as building confidence and self-esteem, inspiring happiness and optimism, supporting physical rehabilitation and …

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Good Thinking’s Judicial Review concluded with strict conditions placed on the Society of Homeopaths

Our Judicial Review questioning the reaccreditation of the Society of Homeopaths was to be heard in court this week, but in light of the PSA’s new, strict conditions on the Society of Homeopaths, we have withdrawn our Judicial Review.

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The Professional Standards Authority opts to reaccredit Society of Homeopaths for 2020

The Professional Standards Authority have today announced their decision to reaccredit the Society of Homeopaths for 2020, subject to a number of conditions. This follows their 2019 decision to reaccredit the Society – a decision we believe was unlawful, which is why we elected to challenge that reaccreditation via Judicial Review. As our legal challenge …

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Our Judicial Review over accreditation of Society of Homeopaths to be heard March 18th-19th

Last year, we reported that our Judicial Review challenging the accreditation of the Society of Homeopaths would be heard by the High Court. We have now been given a date for our full hearing: March 18th-19th. Supporters of ours will remember that Good Thinking challenged the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), the government body which overseas …

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For Schools: Teaching students that the world is flat… in the name of science

Our Project Director Michael Marshall has been visiting schools with an unusual mission: to highlight proofs that the Earth is actually flat, and to encourage students to question the shape of their world. In his talk, Marshall runs through the ten most common and persuasive arguments that the world is not a spinning ball, pointing …

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Thomas Frith wins UK ‘Who Wants to Be a Mathematician’ Final

Our 2018/19 winner Olivia Guo, pictured with Matt Parker and Simon Singh.

Thomas Frith from Horsforth School near Leeds was today crowned the 20198 UK winner of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, our annual search for the country’s top young mathematical mind. We’d like to say a big congratulations to Thomas in winning a tough final, against his fellow finalists Sarah Gleghorn from Skipton Girls’ High …

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Anti-vaccination claims by homeopaths exposed across the UK media

The last week has seen an extraordinary series of investigations published across the UK press, exposing the anti-vaccination claims of homeopaths in the UK. Last Monday, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens wrote the PSA to express his concerns over their reaccreditation of the Society of Homeopaths, with his forthright letter making headlines in the Mail, Telegraph, …

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Ofcom fines Ben TV £25,000 for Peter Popoff infomercials

Ofcom have fined Greener Technology Limited, the broadcaster behind BEN TV, £25,000 for airing promotions for Peter Popoff – the teleganvelist and would-be faith healer who we investigated in 2015. In the infomercials, Popoff advertises his ‘miracle water’, which he has claimed will bring viewers health, happiness and great wealth. During the programme, aired on …

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