Quackery and managerialism endanger a noble enterprise

Professor David Colquhoun FRS

Wednesday, March 2 2011 at 7:30PM

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9 - 13 George Street

We use the upstairs function room.

To find it, go up the spiral staircase - then look for the door immediately opposite you. Go through, up another flight of stairs and you will find us. There is a bar up here and it will be open, so no need to spill your pint on the spiral stairs. If you want to eat in the function room then you have to order your food downstairs and then carry it up yourself.

Step-free access is available.

Professor David Colquhoun FRS

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In Association with Oxfordshire Science Festival 2011

A huge industry has grown up that has the aim of selling to a gullible public, medicines that don't work. Their sales method are very much like those of the pharmaceutical industry at its worst, but at least some of the latter's products work.  Their products include homeopathy, reflexology and "detox".  Some universities offer "BSc (hons)" degrees in this sort of quackery, though many have stopped when what is actually taught on the degrees has been revealed with the help of the Freedom of Information act.  The fact that such degrees have been accredited and validated by the university shows the utter uselessness if these procedures as a guarantee of quality.  That sort of doublethink endangers science as a whole