Published Letter

May 26th, 2005 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, letters | 5 Comments »

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Thursday May 26, 2005
The Guardian

Court out

Bad science is compulsive reading, but is there no redress against the ridiculous claims Ben Goldacre exposes? I would like to see a Lawyers Against Bad Science (Labs) group set up to test these misleading ads in a court of law.
Kurt Weithaler
Norwich


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5 Responses



  1. deborah Eubanks said,

    March 7, 2006 at 7:02 am

    I am an old friend of Kurt;s. now liivngiin california, would youplease sendhim my email address? Itis debard1@earhtlink.net. Or if oyu are able email his email address.Thaks so much deborah Eubanks

  2. pv said,

    March 7, 2006 at 4:41 pm

    Can I suggest that personal email addresses aren’t published here. It’s one thing to publish a link to a web page, but private email addresses can be a bit of a problem with regard to spammers. Isn’t there some way of encrypting email links in public on line forums like this to stop them being “harvested”, so the links could just be a name or a word (anything other than the actual email address)?

    Aside from that, Lawyers Against Bad Science seems to be a mighty fine idea. But lawyers are notorious for being uncharitable with their professional time, so who would pay for it?

  3. Stever said,

    March 8, 2006 at 11:48 am

    you can put emails in the form of name-at-somethingmail-dot-com and they wont get picked up by spambot software.

  4. Nick said,

    March 25, 2006 at 6:22 am

    The email can also be coded in javascript in such a way to make it unlikely that spambots could harvest it. AFAIK most only search the HTML. Of course, site users would not need to know Javascript to do this!

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