Tagged: debate

Distrust of experts happens when we forget they are human beings - Guest Work

Guest Work May 15, 2017

By Rod Lamberts, Australian National University In 2016, conservative, pro-Brexit, British politician Michael Gove announced that people in England “…have had enough of experts with organisations from acronyms saying that they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong”. In the US, Donald Trump famously doesn’t believe any expert who doesn’t agree with … Read More

Citing scientific studies and the arrogance of ignorance - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 27, 2017

One thing that gets me going (as readers here probably know) is the way scientific citations are cherry-picked and dragged in to support biased positions. It’s a common form of confirmation bias in the fluoridation debate. And I get even angrier when the perpetrators cherry-picking citations will then claim they “have science on their side.” Parroting citations and (often unconnected) claims … Read More

Anti-fluoridation activist Paul Connett and fluoride debate - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 12, 2016

Paul Connett, from  the US anti-fluoride group, the Fluoride Action network, was interviewed today on the Radio new Zealand’s Jesse Mulligan programme.  The interview and Sir Peter Gluckman’s response is worth listening to. You can listen to it below or on the RNZ website at Complaints against anti-fluoride ads not upheld.     Jesse Mulligan interviewed Paul Connett about … Read More

Shyness of anti-fluoride election candidates - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 05, 2016

Why do anti-fluoride candidates standing for District Health Boards (DHBs) shy away from proper discussion of community water fluoridation? After all, they have usually raised the issue themselves – and often claim that those supporting community water fluoridation avoid the discussion. In my article Fluoridation & democracy: Open letter to DHB candidate Andrew Buckley I raised this with Andrew Buckley who is standing for … Read More

NZ Fluoridation review – Response to Micklen - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Feb 18, 2015

I welcome open and transparent discussion here so am thankful to Dr Micklen for his response (see NZ Fluoridation review – HS Micklen responds to critique). Unfortunately he is the only author or “peer-reviewer” of Fluoride Free NZ’s report criticising the NZ Fluoridation review to accept my offer of a right of reply to my critiques. A pity, as … … Continue reading … Read More

NZ Fluoridation review – HS Micklen responds to critique - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Feb 17, 2015

I have posted several articles in a series critiquing contributions to the Fluoride Free NZ report “Scientific and Critical Analysis of the 2014 New Zealand Fluoridation Report“ which is aimed at discrediting the recent review Health Effects of Water Fluoridation: a Review of the Scientific Evidence produced by the Royal Society of NZ together with the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief … … Continue reading … Read More

Fluoride debate: A response to Rita Barnett-Rose – Daniel Ryan - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 14, 2014

Daniel Ryan President of the Making Sense of Fluoride group responded to the scientific claims made in Rita Barnett-Rose’s unpublished paper “Compulsory water fluoridation: Justifiable public health benefit or human experimental research without informed consent“. That section of Rita’s paper was … Continue reading → … Read More

Fluoride debate: The scientific evidence against fluoridation – Rita F. Barnett - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 13, 2014

Recently an unpublished paper by Rita F. Barnett, an associated professor of Legal Research and Writing at Chapman University, was heavily promoted by Paul Connett’s Fluoride Action Network and associated social media groups. Although basically a legal paper it did have … Continue reading → … Read More

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