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Ben Goldacre on scientific criticism

”The questions after a lecture at an academic conference can often be a bloodbath, but in the best of spirits, because – like the more sadomasochistic sects in the catholic church – we know that our punishment is good for us, a necessary corrective.”

- Ben Goldacre, writing in the Guardian

Scientists the world over are, of course, still celebrating a triumphant victory for fair comment: the British Chiropractic Association having dropped its libel case, last week, against science writer Simon Singh. If you’ve been living in a cave for the past year, his sin was simply daring to criticize claims that spine manipulation could be used to treat a variety of illnesses for which there is no evidence that chiropractic offers a benefit. Ben Goldacre devoted his most recent ‘Bad Science’ column the triumphant end to this matter, including the wonderful simile, above, likening scientific Q&A sessions and S&M.

You can read the entire piece on Goldacre’s website.