Thursday, June 03, 2010

plus ça change

Ben Goldacre on Martin Gardner and the fact that nothing in the world of pseudoscience has really changed since his (Gardner’s) excellent 1952 book Fads and Fallacies.

Some of the comments point out that not only are all the scams detailed in that book (and in Randi’s later Flim-Flam) still hugely popular, but even some of the same con artists continue to do the rounds.  Fortunately, it seems like Uri Geller has vanished in a puff of his own self-importance in recent years, but there is no shortage of others to take his place.

When are we going to grow up?

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