Infrequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are you?

A: This is a group blog. Most contributors identify themselves by name or by commonly used nicknames. “Skeptic Hivemind” posts are all attributed to their original source. If you are totally obsessed by knowing the identities of every person involved, we suggest you are taking it way too seriously.

Q: Who pays you?

WWDDTYDTY is funded by a sinister consortium of the illuminati and Big Pharma from profits made trafficking critically endangered species.

Or not.

Q: Why do you hate natural cures?

We have absolutely nothing against natural cures. We do, however, take exception to things sold as natural cures when they are not cures at all – and very often not natural, either.

Q: Why do you hate WDDTY?

We don’t. We hold it in contempt, and we abhor the fact that such claptrap is sold as a “health” magazine, but hate is pointless and sterile. The day WDDTY stops misrepresenting scare stories, promoting antivaccination tropes and other dangerous nonsense, and adopts a responsible policy towards editorial and advertising, we will be happy to recommend it.

Q: Why do you hate free speech

We don’t. We love it. It’s what allows us to critique the dreadful rag WDDTY. If you want to see suppression of dissent, you need only look at McTaggart’s handling of any remotely critical commentary on Facebook. However, commercial speech is not protected, and most of what WDDTY is doing is promoting a commercial agenda. Oneof the most baffling things about SCAM believers is that they are hypersensitive to the profit motive in medicine, but ignore it completely in respect of SCAM – this is irrational, most SCAM is promoted primarily by people who profit from it!

Q: Why don’t you investigate big pharma instead?

For the same reason we don’t read The Daily Mail or drive TrabantWs: we don’t want to, thanks all the same. Feel free to spend your leisure time critiquing big pharma, as Ben GoldacreW does and some of us do elsewhere, but this site’s purpose is narrow and specific, and it’s about telling you why doctors don’t tell you what WDDTY tells you they don’t tell you.

Q: What are you afraid of?

A quick straw poll says our phobias include spiders, snakes, heights, fire and clowns. We’re not afraid of “alternative” treatments, not least because of Minchin’s Law.

2 thoughts on “Infrequently Asked Questions”

  1. “One of the most baffling things about SCAM believers is that they are hypersensitive to the profit motive in medicine, but ignore it completely in respect of SCAM”

    What baffles me even more is how this sentence works both ways

    – One of the most baffling things about medicine believers is that they are hypersensitive to the profit motive in SCAM, but ignore it completely in respect of medicine”

    1. That is a self-evidently ridiculous statement. Every scientific publication requires a declaration of interest, potential conflicts must be acknowledged, and one of the greatest criticisms levelled against the pharmaceutical industry by skeptics like Ben Goldacre, is the insidious bias caused by these conflicts.

      Of course, we do not subscribe to the lunatic conspiracist notion that critics of quackery are doing so only because they are paid by “big pharma”, but that’s not the same as ignoring conflicts of interest, any more than NASA’s refusal to acknowledge the role of cheese in lunar geology is evidence that they are paid by a sinister cabal of anti-casein geologists.

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