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Homeopathy Awareness Week
by, John Jackson on April 10, 2017, 06:34

Scam Smart pictureApril 10th to 16th each year sees the annual event that is known as 'Homeopathy Awareness Week'.  Normally awareness promotion campaigns are done in order to benefit the public in some way. e.g. promoting awareness of symptoms of breast or testicular cancer. However, this awareness campaign is run by homeopaths for the benefit of, well, homeopaths. This 'awareness week' is really nothing more than an advertising campaign.

However, it is worth the general public becoming more aware of homeopathy and the (...)

Open University: moons of the solar system
by, John Jackson on March 6, 2014, 21:02

Moons of the solar systemThe Open University and futurelearn.com , with the support of Dangoor Education, are offering a free, 8-week course on the moons of our solar system.

To enrol on this course just go here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/moons

It begins on the 17th March, lasts for 8 weeks and requires (...)

Climate Change: evidence and causes
by, John Jackson on March 4, 2014, 09:38

Climate change graphic

Climate change is an issue that's very difficult for the layperson to evaluate as it's such a diverse topic involving many areas of science. It isn't easy to develop a good, basic understanding of the issue based on the science behind it as it's all so complex.

Fortunately, the Royal Society and (...)

The Open University Hay Festival 2013
by, John Jackson on May 12, 2013, 08:00

From the Open University to all followers and students:

Hay Festival 23 May – 2 June 2013

Open University logoThe Open University is delighted to be working in association with the Hay Festival again this year with three events being held during the programme on Saturday 25 May. The festival, in its 26th year, is (...)

Fake bomb detector seller James McCormick jailed
by, John Jackson on May 2, 2013, 11:11

James McCormick photoFraudster James McCormick, 57, of Langport, Somerset has been jailed for 10 years for selling fake bomb detectors.

See : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22380368

The bomb detectors were basically dowsing devices. They consisted of a handle with a freely swinging antenna that would (...)

Supermarkets must stop scaremongering
by, John Jackson on May 1, 2013, 09:18

"Supermarkets are pandering to misplaced consumer fears about the health risks of of widely used food ingredients in a cynical marketing move, a group representing young scientists has warned."

Homeopathy and vaccination
by, John Jackson on April 21, 2013, 10:48

In the wake of the measles outbreak in Swansea, concern has been growing about whether people have not only been avoiding vaccinating their children because of unfounded scaremongering in the press but also because they're choosing so-called 'alternative vaccinations' such as homeopathic vaccinations (or (...)

Dambusters dog renamed for movie remake
by, John Jackson on June 12, 2011, 13:17

A remake of the film The Dam Busters is being written and this has led to an issue regarding the Dam Busters' mascot: a dog that was called "Nigger". Should the remake of the movie remain true to historical accuracy or should a less emotive name be used instead considering that historical (...)

Chemical free products
by, John Jackson on June 10, 2011, 23:21

Advertisers love to market their products with appeals to nature. This is because we have a twisted idea about the reality of nature whereby we think it's all harmonious, balanced, everything about nature is inherently good and so on. This false belief is described by the naturalistic fallacy or appeal to (...)

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