Links to external sites

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UK RELATED

General

Advertising Standards Authority
The Advertising Standards Authority is the UK's independent regulator of advertising across all media. The ASA apply the Advertising Codes, which are written by the Committees of Advertising Practice. Its work includes acting on complaints and proactively checking the media to take action against misleading, harmful or offensive advertisements. The website tells you how to make a complaint to the ASA and lists adjudications of complaints and sanctions.
Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit
A research unit based at Goldsmith's College, London. Established by Prof. Chris French. The unit host publc lectures during term time, recordings of which are accessible on the website.
British False Memory Society
An organisation that was established by people comcerned about 'recovered memory therapy', including parents falsely accused by their offspring of sexually abusing them as children.
The British Humanist Association
'The BHA works on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We promote Humanism, a secular state, and equal treatment of everyone regardless of religion or belief. Our celebrants provide non–religious funeral, wedding, and naming ceremonies.'
The Conversation
'The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public…. Our aim is to allow for better understanding of current affairs and complex issues. And hopefully allow for a better quality of public discourse and conversations.'
Cult Information Centre (CIC)
CIC is a charity providing advice and information for victims of cults, their families and friends, researchers and the media.
Evidence-Based Medicine Data Lab
The Evidence-Based Medicine Data Lab is based at Oxford University's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and advises on evidence-based medical products and practices. 'We build working, useful products to help academics and doctors. We campaign for better data in healthcare.'
Full Fact
'Full Fact is the UK’s independent fact-checking charity. We provide free tools, information and advice so that anyone can check the claims we hear from politicians and the media.'
Good Thinking
Founded by science writer Simon Singh and featuring the indominitable Michael Marshall. 'Our goal is “to encourage curiosity and promote rational thinking”, hence the positive title of the organisation. At the same time, this inevitably means battling against irrationality and pseudoscience.'
HealthWatch
A U.K. website that reports on unproven and questionable medical practices, including alternative medicine but also dubious claims in mainstream medicine.
Merseyside Skeptics Society
One of the most active of UK's many local skeptics societies, with a regular podcast. Worth putting on your favourites bar.
The Nightingale Collaboration
'The Nightingale Collaboration challenges questionable claims made by healthcare practitioners on their websites, in adverts and in their promotional and sales materials by bringing these to the attention of the appropriate regulatory bodies. We also strive to ensure that organisations representing healthcare practitioners have robust codes of conduct for their members that protect the public and that these are enforced.'
Quack-Busters Guide: An Introduction to Pseudoscience and the Paranormal
Quack-Busters Guide has 13 chapters and covers topics such as alternative medicine, creationism, ghosts, psychics, UFOs, mythical creatures, mind over matter, the Bermuda Triangle, fringe archaeology, and fire-walking. 'It is hoped that some sections may be useful for teachers, for example in science, psychology, or even social studies, RE or English.'
Rational Veterinary Medicine
Collates and critiques references and clinical papers used by proponents of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, both human and veterinary.
Sense About Science
'With a database of over 6,000 scientists, from Nobel prize winners to postdocs and PhD students, we work in partnership with scientific bodies, research publishers, policy makers, the public and the media, to change public discussions about science and evidence.'
Skeps Forum
An online discussion forum 'for those interested in the skeptical approach, in Humanism, and other things too'.
The Skeptic Magazine (UK)
This is the UK's major paper magazine on skepticism. The website also features content pages of previous issues, news, discussion, and links to other skeptical sites.
Skeptical Humanities
Skeptical Humanities explores areas of human experience such as art, philosophy, history, literature, rhetoric, aesthetics, literary criticism, pop culture studies, folklore, and cultural studies.
Think Humanism
Think Humanism is an independent humanist forum for people interested in humanism, secularism and freethought.
UK Statistics Authority
The UK Statistics Authority is an independent body operating at arm’s length from government as a non-ministerial department, directly accountable to Parliament. 'The Authority’s statutory objective is to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. It is also required to promote and safeguard the quality and comprehensiveness of official statistics, and ensure good practice in relation to official statistics.'
Understanding Health Research
'Understanding Health Research is a tool designed to help people understand and review published health research to decide how dependable and relevant a piece of research is. The tool guides users through a series of questions to ask about specific types of health research, and helps users to understand what the answers to those questions say about the quality of the research they are reading.'
Which?
Which? is a brand name used by the Consumers' Association. It exists to promote informed consumer choice in the purchase of goods and services by testing products, highlighting inferior products or services, raising awareness of consumer rights and offering independent advice. Which? magazine was first published in October 1957 and is available monthly on subscription. Other publications include Which? Travel, Which? Car, Which? Money, Which? Computing and Which? Gardening.

Audio and video resources
Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit
Recordings many of the APRU talks on paranormal phenomena, anomalous ideas and psychological controversies are accessible here.
Naked Scientists' Internet radio show
Up-to-date information, including podcasts, on all things scientific.

Events
Skeptics in the Pub
Skeptics in the Pub are meetings, usually monthly, in pubs across the UK and beyond at which people hear about and discuss topics of skeptical interest. Normally a speaker is invited to give a talk and this is followed by questions and discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere. You can find out from the website which is the nearest Skeptics in the Pub to where you live, or if you are on holiday, where you are staying.

People and opinions
Edzard Ernst's Blog
Edzard Ernst is Emeritus Professor of Complementary Medicine at the Peninsula School of Medicine, University of Exeter. He and his colleagues have been prolific in their investigations of the efficay of complementary medicine and he continues to write and lecture on this subject.
Ben Goldacre's Bad Science column
Ben Goldacre is a psychiatrist, well-known for his expositions of the scandals of alternative medicine and the pharaceutical industry. But he is also very criticial of unscientific and unsupported practices and policies in mainstream medicine.
DC's Improbable Science
Blogs on 'Truth, falsehood and evidence: investigations of dubious and dishonest science' by David Colquhoun, pharmacologist at University College London.
Michael Heap
Michael Heap is a clinical and forensic psychologist who takes a skeptical view of life in general. Papers cover a range of topics, including psychology and psychiatry, politics, unusual claims, and hypnosis.
The Quackometer
Website by Andy Lewis of the Merseyside Skeptics devoted to the detection of quackery, false claims and irrational thinking.
Martin Taylor
Martin Taylor is (amongst other things) a stage hypnotist who does not make any attempt to 'hypnotise' his volunteers.
Tony Youens Skeptic Website
A collection of highly informed papers on skeptical topics, particularly claims of psychic ability.

OTHER SITES

Australian Skeptics
A very large, active and influential skeptical organisation.
CICAP
The website of the Italian skeptics, one of the largest and most active skeptical organisations in Europe.
Centre for Inquiry (CFI) and Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI)
Based in the USA. 'The mission of the CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.' The CSI is part of the CFI and promotes skeptical thinking notably through the magazine 'Skeptical Inquirer'.
Doubtful News
'Doubtful News is a privately-owned, science- and evidence-based site. We are curious about what ACTUALLY may have happened and include additional information or commentary to help the reader see beyond the headlines and anecdotes.'
European Council of Skeptical Organizations
Several of the European skeptical societies, including ASKE, are affiliated to ECSO, which is based in Germany. Every two years one of the affiliated societies hosts the European Skeptics Congress.
FactCheck.org
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. 'A nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.'
Genetic Literary Project
Genetic Literacy Project exists 'to promote public awareness and constructive discussion of genetics, biotechnology, evolution and science literacy'.
James Randi Educational Foundation
Founded by the most celebrated skeptic of all, James 'The Amazing' Randi and based in the USA. Since Randi's retirement in 2015, the JREF Board has has decided that it will convert the organisation into a grant making foundation.
MythBusters
MythBusters is a science entertainment television program. The show's hosts, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, use the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, adages, Internet videos, and news stories. Click the link for videos of the tests conducted over several years.
New Zealand Skeptics Society
The NZ Skeptics Society is a non-profit body that exists to promote critical thinking. Visit their very active website.
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!
'This daring original series stars postmodern bad boys of magic Penn & Teller as they question many of our culture's most cherished and widely held beliefs. From the truth about palm readings and TV psychics to the reality behind Feng Shui and Ouija boards, the archly comic masters of misdirection host this eye-opening analysis of the middle-ground between perception and reality.'
Quackwatch
U.S. website devoted to exposing quackery in medicine.

Retraction Watch
A blog that reports on retractions of scientific papers.
Skeptoid
'Since 2006, the weekly Skeptoid podcast has been taking on all the most popular myths and revealing the true science, true history, and true lessons we can learn from each. The web site and podcast are nonprofit and listener supported.'
The Skeptic's Dictionary
A truly wonderful resource for all things skeptical 'from Abacadabra to Zombies'.
The Straight Dope
A Q&A website: 'Go ahead, dash off a note to …. the Master! Cecil Adams, the world's smartest human being, can answer any question.'