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.
Dec 11 2018
There are a number of charities who should take this as a clear sign that they need to review whether their actions align with this new guidance, and ask themselves what evidence they have to demonstrate that the therapies they promote and provide actually have the benefits they claim. If they find they cannot meet these new guidelines, they should refocus their activities and then amend what claims they make to patients and the public, to ensure that they are not in breach of charity law.
Nov 28 2018
Olivia Guo from Shrewsbury Concord College in Shrewsbury was today crowned the 2018 UK winner of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, our annual search for the country’s top young mathematical mind. Olivia competed in the final earlier today, alongside fellow finalists Paul Scarr from Whitley Bay High School in Newcastle, Zaka Ahmed from King …
Nov 20 2018
Oct 28 2018
Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop has been reported to British regulators over 113 alleged breaches of UK advertising law. Good Thinking Society, a charity that promotes scientific thinking, has accused the Oscar-winning actress of presiding over a company that issues “potentially dangerous” advice related to “unproven” health products.
Oct 24 2018
The second round of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is now complete, and we are delighted to be able to announce the four students, who will be taking part in the UK final next month: Zaka Ahmed from King Edward VI Aston, Birmingham Jordan Baillie from St Maurice’s High School, Cumbernauld Jingyi Guo from Concord College, …
Sep 19 2018
The BMJ’s report on fundraisers for alternative cancer treatments highlights media coverage as one of the key drivers in the money being raised to fund ineffective cancer therapies. According to the BMJ’s report: Newspaper and TV reports on people with cancer drive donors to the crowdfunding sites, sometimes attracting the attention of celebrities, who boost …
Sep 14 2018