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Poor peer-review – a case study Ken Perrott Mar 29

Many scientists are not impressed with the peer-review processes scientific journals use. Like democracy, this peer-review is better than all the available alternatives but it certainly doesn’t guarantee published scientific papers are problem-free. Sure, peer-reviewed sources are better than others which … Continue reading

The arrogance of science? Ken Perrott Mar 26

This comment of Richard Feynman’s indicates to me the essential humility of science. Yet we often find that people who seem to subscribe to the support of “answers that can’t be questioned” will accuse science and scientists of arrogance.   I … Continue reading

New Zealand science book prize – 2015 Short list Ken Perrott Mar 24

The Royal Society of NZ has announced the shortlist of titles for 2015 Science Book Prize (see 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize). Here they are – together with the judges comments: Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History by Atholl … Continue reading

ADHD linked to elevation not fluoridation Ken Perrott Mar 22

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more likely linked to residential altitude than community water fluoridation (CWF). This finding calls into question a recent paper claiming ADHD is linked to CWF. A paper that is being heavily promoted on social media at the moment … Continue reading

Anonymous comments on social media Ken Perrott Mar 19

  Something I picked up on the internet. Yes, I know – some people have legitimate and understandable reasons for being anonymous when they comment on social media. Concern for jobs and protection for family and self. I can appreciate … Continue reading

More poor-quality research promoted by anti-fluoride activists Ken Perrott Mar 17

Anti-fluoridation propagandists must think all their Christmases have come at once. They at last have a “peer-reviewed” scientific paper they can claim supports their position. What’s more, it is the second such paper to appear in the last month. But … Continue reading

Ukrainian “suicides?” Ken Perrott Mar 15

Several days ago Ukraine Today reported the death of a former politician in the Yanukovych government which was overthrown in a coup last year. He was Oleksandr Peklushenko, the ex-head of a regional council in central Ukraine. Authorities are claiming he … Continue reading

Free download – “Severe dental fluorosis and cognitive deficits” Ken Perrott Mar 14

Anyone interested in my article on this subject in Neurotoxicology and Teratology can now download a pdf version: Perrott, K. W. (2015). Severe dental fluorosis and cognitive deficits. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 48, 78–79. The publishers tell me that anyone who … Continue reading

Are submissions on fluoridation worth it? Ken Perrott Mar 11

Like most people I struggle to find the energy when representative and government bodies call for submissions. But I did make the effort recently when Medsafe called for submissions on their proposed clarification of how fluoridating agents are defined in the … Continue reading

Social media and science – the problems and the challenge Ken Perrott Mar 09

Social media – Facebook, Twitter, etc., – are a challenge for science.  Often considered frivolous or at least not serious, they are tempting to ignore. But it seems that many anti-scientific or pseudoscientific ideas a promoted by social media. What’s … Continue reading

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