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Michael Marshall

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Michael Marshall is project director of the Good Thinking Society and president of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He writes and lectures on the role of PR in the news, and interviews proponents of pseudoscience on the Be Reasonable podcast. In August 2020, he took over as Editor of The Skeptic.

When shows like Pod Save America run pseudoscience ads, they undermine their credibility

Podcast hosts have a real intimacy with their listeners - that trust is eroded when they advertise snake oil supplements and pseudoscience

Why we should have listened to Flat Earth believers (even though they were completely wrong)

Since making headlines in 2018, many Flat Earth believers have become Covid deniers and QAnon followers. The signs were always there.

How the Society of Homeopaths had their accredited status suspended

After years of anti-vaccine misinformation and bogus claims to cure autism, the Society of Homeopaths has lost its accredited status

David Icke’s 2018 tour sowed the seeds for a return to the conspiracy mainstream

David Icke's 2018 tour sanitised some of his more outré claims and played to the free speech gallery, readying his return to the mainstream.

The Outbrain drain: why newspaper sites have run thousands of scam ads

The news media is in an income crisis, but the solution cannot be for newspapers to lend their reputations to scams and fakers

Anti-vaxxers are dangerously wrong, but we should be wary of writing them off as stupid or selfish

If we want to be effective in countering anti-vaxxers, we need to understand their arguments, and why people believe them.

Dr Natália Pasternak wins Skeptical Activism Ockham award; Skeptics in the Pub Online wins Editor’s Choice

Dr Natalia Pasternak has received the 2020 Ockham Award for skeptical activism, and Skeptics in the Pub Online receive the Editor's Choice award

French scientist Didier Raoult given Rusty Razor Award for pseudoscience

French microbiologist Didier Raoult has been given the 2020 Rusty Razor for his promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment.

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