I will be giving a short talk called The Blinding Light of Sophisticated Pseudoscience for the now-online version of the Skeptics in the Pub community in the UK.
You will be able to watch the talk live on May 7th at 2PM ET (7PM if you’re in the UK) on the Skeptics in the Pub Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/sitp/ (the talk will subsequently be archived there and you’ll be able to watch it at any time).
Here’s a summary of what I’ll be discussing:
Alternative medicine proponents have become really good at building a body of research that looks more and more like good science to the casual observer. In the face of positive randomized clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, the skeptic’s approach has to become more sophisticated to crack this façade of believability. We will go through three cases that illustrate how convincing the evidence for pseudoscience looks and what’s actually happening under the bonnet.