Bad science on Homeopathy and Autism

Amongst other, I read a super blog called bad science. It’s the Guardian as well, and if that is the standard of et guardian these days I might even buy it from time to time. A recent post was on Homeopathy as a good example, with a systematic explanation of why the practice is not only not beneficial (apart from placebo effects), but in many cases the advice given by the practitioners is positively dangerous. As with so many of these things it seems to be down to a basic misunderstanding of statistics, cognitive baises, and a very closed mind (though intriguingly homeopaths would say that it is practitioners of ‘conventional’ medicine that have a closed mind.

An even better example, and also an outstanding example of the willfully stupid misleading of the public on how to use statistic is here. It deals with an Observer article a ‘surge in autism’ … one that doesn’t and never did exist … and where the Observer astonishingly fails to retract the article.

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