This week we are talking about well known quack and discredited doctor Andrew Wakefield and his campaign promoting ‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’, a pseudo-documentary that promotes the false idea of vaccines causing autism and then many other things.
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This Week in Skepticism
Galileo Galilei, the father of modern science, was born on 15 February 1564.
- Hungarian fitness guru and his crusade against sugar has turned even more absurd
- Index.hu: Cocaine, sugar, symbol, formula, does it matter? (in Hungarian)
- Sweden Democrat opposes local bicycle plan – because heavy breathing is not environmentally friendly
- Interasistmen: SD opposes cycle plan over concerns about the environmental impact of increased exhalation (in Swedish)
- Robert Young (author of ‘The pH Miracle’) charged over death of cancer patient.
- Science Based Medicine: pH Miracle Living “Dr.” Robert O. Young is finally arrested, but will it stop him?
- Russian Academy of Sciences denounces homeopathy
- The Moscow Times: Russian Academy of Sciences Labels Homeopathy a ‘Health Hazard’
- Wikipedia editors decide The Daily Mail should not be used as a reference in articles
- The Guardian: Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as ‘unreliable’ source
Analysis: How different countries across Europe set out to tackle the problem of fake news.
- Reuters: Facebook Germany says it will start tackling fake news in weeks
- Financial Times: European Commission fires warning at Facebook over fake news
- Poynter: International Fact-Checking Network fact-checkers’ code of principles
- Sky News: Facebook, Twitter and Google could face ‘fake news’ questions from MPs
- The Verge: Facebook launches fake news filter in France
- The Guardian: Czech Republic to fight ‘fake news’ with specialist unit
- Recode.net: Google has banned 200 publishers since it passed a new policy against fake news
- EUvsDisinfo.eu: Debunking in primetime
- The Guardian: BBC sets up team to debunk fake news
Prof Hans Rosling for educating the world with facts
- YouTube: Hans Rosling’s TED talks
- UNICEF: Hans Rosling Memorial Fund
- Gapminder, Hans Rosling’s educational project
“You look at science (or at least talk of it) as some sort of demoralising invention of man, something apart from real life, and which must be cautiously guarded and kept separate from everyday existence. But science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.”
/Rosalind Franklin, English chemist and X-ray christallographer/