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My letter to the BMJ on its “ambiguous editorial commitment to scientific rigour”

Here it is. I think it is pretty self-explanatory (nonetheless, I have added some additional context below the fold): Date: Sep 11, 2019To: <Fiona Godlee>, Editor in Chief, BMJRE: BMJ’s … Continue Reading My letter to the BMJ on its “ambiguous editorial commitment to scientific rigour”

If you spend 20 years gaslighting your patients, perhaps you should think twice before accusing *them* of trolling *you*

This week we learned that online activists are silencing scientists in the UK: Reuters contacted a dozen professors, doctors and researchers with experience of analysing or testing potential treatments for … Continue Reading If you spend 20 years gaslighting your patients, perhaps you should think twice before accusing *them* of trolling *you*

Forty-one international scientists have signed a declaration supporting Cochrane’s decision to withdraw its controversial review of exercise therapy in ME/CFS

And I’m one of them. This is important not least because of claims appearing over the weekend that Cochrane pulled its controversial review due to pressure from brain-addled trouble-making “patient … Continue Reading Forty-one international scientists have signed a declaration supporting Cochrane’s decision to withdraw its controversial review of exercise therapy in ME/CFS

Begging-the-question, conjecture, anecdote, false equivalence, and a non sequitur: those five reasons for raising the Digital Age of Consent

Cormac Ryan has been tweeting about the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and their letter to the government on the Digital Age of Consent. Its worrying that a group … Continue Reading Begging-the-question, conjecture, anecdote, false equivalence, and a non sequitur: those five reasons for raising the Digital Age of Consent

My ‘Montgomery J. Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence’ has finally arrived (Update: Donations urgently required)

From time to time I get emails like this: Dear Brian M, We are pleased to announce that Marquis Who’s Who has selected you for our official 2018 Albert Nelson … Continue Reading My ‘Montgomery J. Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence’ has finally arrived (Update: Donations urgently required)