Mobile phones damage hearing – according to dodgy research

29, September 2007

Another story claiming to show the dangers of mobile phone radiation has been doing the rounds of the predictable press – for example in the Mail,  the Telegraph, CTV, and Fox News.  As of 27 September Google provides over 800 hits for the story, some of them from sites offering specialist information for people with hearing impairments. Read the rest of this entry »

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A language of bullshit?

23, September 2007

In an open society, and especially in scholarly research, we are used to discussing the merits of ideas. In doing so we judge their merits using a variety of factors, but most important are evidence and logic. People should change their minds when they are confronted with evidence that contradicts their position, rather than reject the evidence. It may take a long time, and prejudice never seems to go away, but science and is based upon the assumption that through discussion and review the illogical and implausible will be eclipsed by ideas which are supported by better evidence, or evidence at all. This process has served us well, the scientific method has provided innumerable benefits. Read the rest of this entry »


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22, September 2007

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