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May 01 2014

Applications For First Good Thinking Hack Day Now Closed

Applications for our first Good Thinking Hack Day on alternative medicine are now closed, and we’ll be contacting participants over the next few days. Our May 17th hack day is a chance for a dozen alternative medicine campaigners, bloggers and researchers to use their ideas and expertise to brainstorm and design projects to tackle alternative medicine. By …

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May 01 2014

Response to the Saatchi Bill consultation

The public consultation on the Medical Innovation Bill (‘Saatchi Bill’) closed on Friday 25th April. The Good Thinking Society submitted the following response:   Question 1: Do you have experience or evidence to suggest that the possibility of litigation sometimes deters doctors from innovation? No. Under current laws, it would not be negligent of a …

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Apr 30 2014

Opposing the Saatchi Bill

We share concerns that the Medical Innovation Bill (‘Saatchi Bill’) is unnecessary and flawed. The following letter was published in The Times on Monday, signed by Laura Thomason on behalf of the Good Thinking Society.   Sir, We oppose the Medical Innovation Bill (aka the Saatchi Bill) which seeks to promote medical innovation by dispensing …

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Apr 11 2014

Join Us at the First Good Thinking Hack Day

The UK skeptical community has a fantastic array of talented campaigners and activists dedicated to tackling alternative medicines and the therapists and companies who practice or sell them. While much of this excellent work happens individually and independently, some of the most notable successes of recent years have occurred when activists collaborate and share ideas. …

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Apr 10 2014

Happy World Homeopathy Awareness Week!

Samuel Hahnemann - Inventor of Homeopathy

Today marks the start of World Homeopathy Awareness Week – the annual marketing campaign run by international homeopathy groups in order to promote the pseudoscientific treatment in the press and gain attention in the wider population. However, crucially missing from the majority of homeopathy websites during this week is much of the real information about …

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Mar 31 2014

Expanding the Good Thinking Society team

New recruits Laura and Marsh

Since the launch of the Good Thinking Society in September 2012, we have offered some modest grants, established some small projects, and prepared to launch some bigger projects. In order to help us devise and deliver these projects, we’re delighted to welcome two new members to the Good Thinking Society team – Michael Marshall and …

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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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