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Liverpool NHS to review £30k homeopathy bill 3

The Liverpool Echo reports the following bit of good news … Liverpool health bosses are spending £30,000 a year of taxpayers’ money on treatment the NHS admits does not work. The Good Thinking Society, a pro-science charity, threatened the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with legal action over its funding for homeopathy. The organisation has since pledged to review its spending on the alternative treatment. Homeopathy – the use of highly diluted substances to treat minor ailments – is criticised […]

A kickstarter that falls into the “You have got to be F****ing kidding me” category

I should not be astonished and perhaps should anticipate that stuff like this will pop up … and so today the story is that I’ve tripped up over a Kickstarter that announces … Unbiased: The Truth about the Healing Arts on Wikipedia … and yes, it is everything that the title hints at … Wikipedia is on a misinformation campaign against alternative health and the healing arts. The public needs to know it. Natural health deserves fair representation. We’re going to […]


“Pray for Gaza” activists unable to pray for Yemen

Over 600 have been killed in Yemen in a week — not by drones or Israel, but by Saudi bombs — and strangely enough, those that are very eager to pray for the folks in Gaza, are unable to pray for those in Yemen … … but have no problem at all in re-purposing the Yemen photos by fraudulently claiming that they are pictures from Gaza. Some have no problem fact-checking, and are quite happy to accurately report facts … […]


Devoted Christian to Atheist… an unexpected journey

I have a couple of related links for you today that tell a story, and both concern people who made the leap from being a deeply devoted believer to atheist. I often find such stories interesting, because I am always curious to understand what makes people tick and why such transitions take place, and perhaps also because I find an echo within my own life; having once been very religious, over a lengthy period of time I also managed to […]


Why do humans ignore facts and embrace myths as truth

We often find that conversations can play out as follows. Anti-Vaccine friend arguing that vaccines are bad: “There was a scientific study that showed vaccines cause autism.” You reply … “Actually, the researcher in that study lost his medical license, and overwhelming research since then has shown no link between vaccines and autism.” Their rebuttal to those facts is then … “Well, regardless, it’s still my personal right as a parent to make decisions for my child.” … and that then leaves […]


Weird God claims from Conrad Black 1

Much to my surprise, Conrad Black (yes ‘the’ Conrad Black), has written an article entitled “The shabby, shallow world of the militant atheist” within the National Post (a paper he once owned), and there he trots out a litany of rather weird claims in order to assert a god claim.  If it had been anybody else, I’d most probably not have bothered, but hey, this is Conrad Black, so let’s leap in and take a look. Claim 1: John Lennox is just […]

Conrad Black