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?
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.