Superlative quackhunting by the formidable (in the french pronunciation of the word) Prof David Colquhoun FRS, chasing down those cheeky scamps from “Stop Snoring”, and their claim-rich TV adverts. They bang on about clinical trials. Colquhoun… finds them and reads them…
Ah me, simple pleasures. It’s amazing how the kind of boring and nerdy everyday critical appraisal of published research literature that clinicians and academics engage in all day suddenly becomes smashingly good fun once you’re catching people out and making them look silly. Anyway, David’s dogged work takes him to companies house for a punchline, and the rest of his pages are equally superb.
This is, I guess, the start of a badscience mini-series bigging up the excellent work of people like DC, sciencepunk.com, quackometer.net, and the rest. I should also say that the standard of entertainment in the badscience forums continues to absolutely astonish me, the kickass science videos thread in particular is a joy.
Oh, and since the book that has turned my life upside down is now looking pretty finished-ish-kind-of (it just gets fuller, I have no self discipline for knowing when to stop researching…) spring will also bring, in case you’re really interested, the start of the badscience podcast series, a long season of one hour long unedited “in conversation” recordings with a proper list of profs, knights, quacks, chancers, journalists, lectures, and more.