Inside the White Rose: an anti-vaxx, Covid conspiracy theory ecosystem

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Over the past few years, I’ve given more than 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 …

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Good Thinking welcomes new Standards from the Professional Standards Authority, and the withdrawal of the Society of Homeopaths

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has announced new Standards for voluntary registers of healthcare providers, causing the Society of Homeopaths (SoH) to withdraw from the accreditation scheme. The PSA – the government body which oversees and accredits healthcare bodies – has included in their new Standards a ‘public interest’ test, which will weigh up whether the …

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The Good Magic Award Winner 2021 announced

This year, it was decided that the Good Magic Award’s £2,000 prize would go to support a new and innovative project that promotes the art of magic. The judging panel selected James Green to receive the award.

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The Good Magic Awards – 2021

The Good Magic Award has been set up by psychologist and magician Professor Richard Wiseman in collaboration with The Good Thinking Society.

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Professional Standards Authority suspends the Society of Homeopaths

The Professional Standards Authority has suspended the Society of Homeopaths’ accreditation, after the SoH failed to meet conditions imposed upon it.

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Our complaint against Omnia “Radiation Balancer” informally resolved by the ASA

The Omnia Radiation Balancer is a small sticker claimed to harmonise and balance the radiation from wireless devices. According to Omnia’s website, it is vital that you apply one sticker to each of your devices, “because each device is bringing you into contact with the imbalanced energy of microwave radiation”. The stickers start at £54 …

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Ministers join our call to change legislation to better protect cancer patients from quackery (Telegraph)

Following the exposé of thermography clinics giving dangerously false information to cancer patients, MPs Anthony Browne, Maria Eagle and Barbara Keeley have backed our calls to strengthen the Cancer Act and to better protect vulnerable patients. 

How crowdfunding cash can be turned to quackery (Telegraph)

The Telegraph looks at how crowdfunding campaigns for health treatments can have a sinister side, and how the pandemic has caused a surge in “scammers” who are copying the accounts of cancer sufferers in order to take the money for themselves. 

Vitamin dosing via bluetooth? Physicist warns don’t waste your money on Healy (Radio New Zealand)

A month after saying a dietary supplement could prevent Covid-19, Orewa psychic Jeanette Wilson now claims a bluetooth device she’s selling can dose vitamins “vibrationally”. But Medsafe, the Commerce Commission and a physicist are warning consumers to be wary of the claims. A self-proclaimed spirit medium, healer and “psychic surgeon” who recently said a dietary …

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Is there a future for newspaper astrologers in the era of fake news? (Press Gazette)

Astrology’s claims that the position of the sun, moon and planets at our birth informs our character and future are without evidence, and yet horoscopes continue to be published in national newspapers.

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