Tagged: Science

Appeal to antiquity? Appeal to nature? Bingo! - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Jun 13, 2018

I was idly skimming the Herald’s website when I came across an article with the headline “Is plant medicine really that effective?” Since the article appears to be in the nature of an advertorial, the answer is, it depends on who you ask. Unlike man-made chemical drugs that have been developed as novel medicines from the 19th century onwards, plant medicines … Read More

Talking about what we should teach - BioBlog

Alison Campbell May 10, 2018

While I was on holiday (Japan – it was wonderful!) – I read Tom Haig’s interesting article about ‘curriculum wars’ over on Education Central, and it reminded me of the concerns I’ve held for some time that we don’t really talk enough about *what* to teach in our classrooms, be they university-level or in the secondary sector.  Several years back (how time … Read More

What might appear to be common sense is not always based on scientific evidence - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 25, 2018

James A. T. Lancaster, The University of Queensland This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The term “evidence” has a fascinating linguistic and social history – and it’s a good reminder that even today the truth of scientific evidence depends on it being presented in a convincing way. As recent climate … Read More

Science isn’t broken, but we can do better: here’s how - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 20, 2018

Alan Finkel, Office of the Chief Scientist This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Every time a scandal breaks in one of the thousands of places where research is conducted across the world, we see headlines to the effect that “science is broken”. But if it’s “broken” today, then when … Read More

Anti-fluoridationist Paul Connett misrepresents NZ data - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 12, 2018

Here is another post in my series critiquing a PowerPoint presentation of Paul Connett – a leading US anti-fluoridation activist. Slide 110 from Paul Connett’s presentation prepared for his planned meeting at Parliament Buildings last February. Paul prepared this for a meeting in New Zealand Parliament buildings last February. Although only three MPs turned up his presentation is important as it … Read More

Anti-fluoridationists rejection of IQ studies in fluoridated area. - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 04, 2018

US anti-fluoride activist Paul Connett claims studies cannot detect an IQ effect from fluoridated water because total fluoride intake is the real problem – but still campaigns against community water fluoridation. Image credit: MSoF “Activist Spouts Nonsense – The Evidence Supports Fluoridation” This is another article in my critique of the presentation Paul Connett prepared to present to a … Read More

A conference paper on the maternal neonatal urinary fluoride/child IQ study has problems - Unsorted

Ken Perrott Mar 30, 2018

Image credit: Do new mothers doing a Ph.D. get enough support? The anti-fluoride movement has certainly mobilised over the neonatal maternal urinary fluoride study which reported an association with child IQ. They see it as the best thing since sliced bread and believe it should lead to the end of fluoridation worldwide. They also seem to be putting all their eggs in … Read More

The 52 IQ studies used by anti-fluoride campaigners - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 28, 2018

Slide number 30 from Paul Connett presentation prepared for a talk at NZ Parliament buildings in February 2018. Continuing my critique of the presentation prepared by Paul Connett for his much-publicised meeting at Parliament Building in February. The meeting attracted only three MPs but his presentation is useful as it presents all the arguments anti-fluoride campaigners rely on at the … Read More

Why is it so difficult to get an open discussion on fluoridation? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 22, 2018

Yes, I know – everyone’s mind is already made up so participants just talk past each other. People’s positions on this and similar issues have become a matter of identity – people are driven by emotions, not information. But, the information is there – and while I agree many people are driven by emotions they often attempt to use that information to … Read More

Mary Byrne’s criticism is misplaced and avoids the real issues - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 14, 2018

First, thanks to Mary Byrne and FFNZ for this response (see Anti-fluoride group coordinator responds to my article). Hopefully, this will help encourage some good faith scientific discussion of the issues involved in my original article (Paul Connett’s misrepresentation of maternal F exposure study debunked). I am pleased to promote such scientific exchange. I will deal with the issues Mary … Read More