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Things I Think About, by Peter Bowditch

May, 2012

Back to the dumbphone?

Article at the Gebesse Blog about changing technology. http://www.gebesse.com.au/blog/2012/05/back-to-the-dumbphone/

How not to sell a car

Article at the Gebesse Blog about driving away a paying customer. http://www.gebesse.com.au/blog/2012/05/how-not-to-sell-a-car/

Experimenting on skeptics

At SkeptiCamp Sydney on May 26 I conducted a small experiment to show that even people motivated to attend a skeptical conference can have their actions influenced by things they read. It was not intended to be a scientific experiment so no statistical analysis of the results has been or will be attempted. It was […]

Not quite “the” conversation

There is an Australian web site called The Conversation which has the stated aim: The Conversation is an independent source of information, analysis and commentary from the university and research sector — written by acknowledged experts and delivered directly to the public. Our team of professional editors work with more than 2,900 academic authors to make this wealth of knowledge and […]

A hard day at the office

How was your working week? Was it a bit stressful? Photocopier out of paper, no sugar for coffee, flat battery in your mobile phone, secretary forgot your wife’s birthday? Here are some stories about a day in the life of people who have the sorts of jobs most of us don’t have. One of the […]

Thoughts about multi-level marketing

When I was taken to court in 2005 by a multi-level marketing company (which was annoyed at my mentioning that the Federal Court of Australia had found them to be operating an illegal pyramid scheme) I had to prepare an extensive affidavit in reply. As part of that affidavit I had to put down some […]

Drug tales

I started writing this while under the influence of a drug. Now I know that many of my detractors will immediately declare that this usually appears to be the case, but who cares what they think? (One of them once accused me of being a heroin user, the evidence being that I said that it […]

Of meridians and mice

On a shelf next to the desk in my office there is a model of a dog. This is not just any old model, but is a model showing acupuncture points on the dog, and it came with a list of the points and what each point is associated with. When I first got the […]

Pretending to be something you’re not – Meryl Dorey’s new blog

The Australian skeptical community was presented with a new member this week, a website calling itself “The REAL Australian Sceptics”. You might think that it has something to do with the real Australian Skeptics, but you would be wrong. It is in fact a project of the Australian Vaccination Network, although this isn’t mentioned anywhere […]

Speaking of references and citations …

I have had long experience with the opponents of real medicine and I am always suspicious when they start citing the medical literature. Almost universally, the citations fall into one or more of the following categories: Ancient works, sometimes more than a century old, which predate much of modern medicine Preliminary findings which have subsequently […]

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