Archive for January, 2011

Homeopaths Say The Darndest Things

With less than a week to go, time for another peek into the 10:23 Campaign inbox!  Starting with this effort, from Dr.Inderjeet Nanda:

u will get nowhere…good collection of assholes

And my response:

Thanks for your interest in our campaign! I also appreciate the tone of your debating technique – rather than explain to me why you believe I’m wrong, or offering evidence in favour of homeopathy, you’ve decided instead for the minimalist approach. Less is more, after all – it’s a homeopathic debating style, and a dedication to your art which I must admire. Also, I’m not sure why you choose to complement my ability to collect anuses – as yet I’ve not tried, but should I ever take up ass-collecting as a hobby I’ll do so with your ringing endorsement in my ears. All the best! Marsh

Good start! Next up, from John Orr Read the rest of this entry »

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #039

The BFG, hot sweet tea, dog heart slices and Kirsty Wark.  Also Edward “West End” Jenner, homeopaths in Europe, Betelgeuse, the Apocalypse, and £11 worth of bull semen.



Homeopathic Hate Mail

You know the drill by now – guys in Merseyside come up with anti-homeopathy campaign, homeopaths around the world get pissy. Here’s some recent highlights:

From Larry Ericksson:

Why are we even concerned with homeopathy, let them do what they want—why is there a campaign against it??

My response:

Hi Larry

Thanks for your email, and your interest. It’s actually a question we’ve covered here ( but in short:
– Homeopathy doesn’t work
– People spend a LOT of money on homeopathy, and a lot of homeopaths make a lot of money out of it, despite it being ineffective
– People take it instead of something that would really help them, with often tragic consequences
– When you let homeopaths do what they want, they claim to treat AIDS, Malaria, Cancer and all manner of serious diseases

Hope that helps, thanks again for your support.

OK, so that one was a bit lame. But how about this one, from Sagar Uubale Read the rest of this entry »

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InKredulous: Episode #008

Episode 8 of our satirical comedy podcast. With questions on skeptical topics, and four guests answering them.
Your host is Andy Wilson (@InKredulosi) of the Merseyside Skeptics Society.

Appearing this month are:

You can contact the show at, and follow us on twitter @InKredulosi to get the early heads up on who will appear on the next show. As always, thanks for listening.



Skeptics in the Pub: Gareth Williams

God, Shaw and Wakefield – Two Centuries of Anti-Vaccinationists

by Gareth Williams
When: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Head of Steam, 7 Lime Street, Liverpool

Gareth Williams qualified with Honours in Medicine and Pharmacology from Cambridge University in 1977 and trained in London and Geneva. He was Professor of Medicine in Liverpool, where he built up an internationally recognised research group in diabetes and obesity, and then Dean of Medicine in Bristol, where he remains as Professor of Medicine and Lead for European Relations in the Faculty. He has written 200 scientific papers and has authored or edited over 20 books, including the prize-winning Textbook of Diabetes. Gareth is a former President of the Anglo-French Medical Society and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Angers. He is Chair of the Trustees of the Edward Jenner Museum. His hobbies include playing music (both reputable and disreputable) and writing fiction.
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Caption Competition #20

Greetings and salutations from the Caption Competition department! We hope you’ve all had a great Christmas and New Year. Our last picture was of a decidedly Christmassy nature and we got some great responses. However, the clear winner was also the first entry to hit the stands. Clear, to the point, and it had a good pun. We like a good pun. It was from Rich, and it was this:

No room at the bin.

Well done, Rich! We hope winning this competition has made your Christmas ever so slightly more Christmassy. It probably hasn’t, but then Santa doesn’t exist so someone’s got to put the effort in, haven’t they? Next year, we’re going to deliver copies of The God Delusion down the chimneys of unsuspecting houses. Or something by Jane Austen just to fuck with people’s heads. Either way, we’re going to own Christmas next year!

So, slightly later than intended, here is the latest Caption Competition, with added furriness. What should be the caption for the picture below?