Welcome to the Shortlist for The Ockhams 2013. This list was created from your votes, so thanks so much for being a part of it. The ‘top-links’ were provided by the shortlisters themselves. Remember that we’ll be at QED (www.QEDcon.org) in Manchester on Saturday 13th April to present the awards to the winners. Now, it’s up to the judges to make those tough final decisions.
CATEGORY ONE: EVENTS/CAMPAIGNS
CATEGORY TWO: PODCASTS
A weekly female-run science podcast that looks at superstition, paranormal belief and the science behind them
On Myths And Makeup – Pseudoscience And Cosmetics
On Science Podcasting (In Space!) – Interview With Dr Pamela Gay and Fraser Cain
On The Houston Cancer Quack – Interview With David Gorski And Robert Blaskiewicz
On Bad Pharma And AllTrials.Net – Interview With Dr Ben Goldacre
On Rbutr And Reddit – Skepticism Online
MonsterTalk is a science show about monsters—a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures
The April 25th episode on Homunculi
The May 5th episode on Psychopaths
The September 12th episode on Yokai
The December 5th episode on Bigfoot DNA
The February 6th episode on Spring Heeled Jack
CATEGORY THREE: BLOGS
HAYLEY IS A GHOST
A skeptical take on paranormal investigation
An outcome in the ASA Healing on the Streets appeal
An investigation into the haunting of Clevedon Pier
Criticsm of Unethical Ghost Hunters playing detective
An introduction and analysis of the Stone Tape Projector
The ethics of Ghost Research
JDC’s STUFF & NONSENSE
Commentary on bad-science and critical thinking.
A Rough Guide to Evidence-Based Medicine
Sue Reid on MMR in the Daily Mail
Conspiracy Theorists Attack Organic Food Study
WDDTY: McTaggart, McCartney and HPV Vaccination
Bad Arguments: Nadine Dorries and IPSA
Experiments and thought on quackery, health-beliefs and pseudoscience.
On the Use of Red Wine for Paediatric Anaesthetics during Ritual Genital Cutting.
What Every Parent Should Know About Steiner-Waldorf Schools
The Steiner School Time Bomb Ticking Under Government
Journal reviewers and editors have a huge responsibility to ensure abstracts do not spin results in healthcare research
German Homeopathy Companies Pay Journalist who Smears UK Academic
Professor Edzard Ernst attacked by paid writers.
(False) Hope 4 Cancer
What can be done to protect parents and children from predatory cancer quacks?
Doubtful News is a unique news feed providing links to original sources of internet news stories about things that make you go “Hmm…” Categories of news include: alt med/anti-vax, cryptozoology, hauntings, paranormal, UFOs, psychics, questionable claims, superstition, and money-making schemes, among others.
Commentary: A new look. The eyes have it.
Electromagnetic sensitivity – Can’t escape it, but here is the science
Melba Ketchum announces Bigfoot DNA results. Without the data.
Skeptic receives death threat over piece critical of “psychic” Caputo
Anatomy of a propaganda press release: Fluoride and IQ (UPDATED)