Shortlist for The Ockhams 2013

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

ROBIN INCE
WINCHESTER SCIENCE FESTIVAL
THE HOUSTON CANCER QUACK
SKEPTICS ON THE FRINGE
THE NIGHTINGALE COLLABORATION
THE GLOBAL ATHEIST CONVENTION 2012

CATEGORY TWO: PODCASTS

SKEPTICS WITH A ‘K’
The Podcast of the Merseyside Skeptics Society:
Episode 90
Episode 87
Episode 86
Episode 82
Episode 81

TOKEN SKEPTIC

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

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

POD DELUSION

A podcast about interesting things.
Episode 135
Episode 136
Episode 142
Episode 152
Episode 167

SKEPRECHAUNS

An irreverent look at skeptical topics from an Irish perspective
Episode 22
Episode 26
Episode 31
Episode 33
Episode 36

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

QUACKOMETER

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
Spinning Acupuncture

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

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)