The Quackometer

I’ve just found The Quackometer site.  An automated review of any site to try and estimate how much quackery is contained within.  It also introduces the new unit of the ‘Canard’ which it defines as the official SI unit of quackery.  How did I stumble on this gem of a site?  Via a link in the comments to the Bad Science post on Detoxing from this morning (the comments are well worth a read in their own right).  The site for the detox spivs detox-in-a-box has a rating of 5 Canards which is defined as

“The quacking noise is deafening. This web site is riddled with loosely defined terms and possibly pseudoscientific language. It shows no sceptical awareness and so should be treated with a suspicious mind. It also looks like this site is trying to sell stuff. Buyer Beware!”

I have, of course, checked this blog and scored 0 Canards.  A perfect score, that comes with the text

“I’m hearing faint quacks. This web site has some loosely defined terms and possibly pseudoscientific language. However, the black duck can spot a fellow sceptic! The site is highly sceptical in language and is debunking”

Ah, the warm glow of smug self-satisfaction 😉

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