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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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop health product ‘dangerous to expecting mothers’ (Sunday Times)

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.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician 2018/19 finalists announced

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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, …

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Good Thinking Supporters September 2018 Newsletter

BMJ, 15th September 2018

September 2018 Newsletter: BMJ publishes Good Thinking’s cancer fundraising investigation

Covering Alternative Cancer Stories

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 …

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Heart-tugging tales of crowdfunded cancer ‘cures’ fuel quack medicine (New Scientist)

Media stories about people with cancer seeking controversial cures are unwittingly bolstering unscientific and potentially harmful treatments, says Michael Marshall

BMJ publishes Good Thinking’s cancer fundraising investigation

The BMJ today published the results of a year-long investigation by Good Thinking into crowdfunding appeals for ineffective cancer treatments. As part of the investigation, Good Thinking searched fundraising sites such as JustGiving and GoFundMe, looking for appeals from UK patients which referenced unproven or disproven cancer treatments, and identifying where these treatments were being …

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Latest Top-Top Set Maths Results

Over the last 2 years, we have had 4 schools taking part in the Top-Top Set Maths Project. In 2016/17 these schools ran a Year 7 class, which grew into a Y8 class for 2017/18, and a new Y7 class joined. One way to measure the impact of the Top-Top Set Maths Project (TTSMP) is …

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Who Wants to Be a Mathematician returns for 2018/19

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Registration for the 2018/19 competition has now closed, but below is some information on the contest. Are you looking for a chance for all your sixth form mathematicians to take part in an international competition? Are you keen to reward and showcase your best maths students — and the chance to share the winning contestant’s …

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eBay removes fake cancer ‘zapper’ treatments from sale (The Telegraph)

Online auction site eBay has been selling quack cancer cures that involve “zapping” patients with electricity. The Sunday Telegraph found that more than 30 different cancer zapper devices were being sold through eBay, priced at up to £299. One seller in Northern Ireland had been selling the devices for over a year.

Circular Reasoning: The Rise of Flat Earth Belief

Over the past few years, I’ve given almost 100 free talks to skeptics in the pub groups, humanists, students, conferences, degree courses and comedy festivals – including my talks: Adventures in pseudoscience – a fun journey through almost a decade of my skeptical activism and investigations Diluting NHS Homeopathy until it’s just a memory – a …

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