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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. See also: 'We must play our part for the ASA to do its job. The advertising watchdog needs resources to continue its work as its remit widens - Google and Facebook's commitment is at least a good start.' At

Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit

A research unit based at Goldsmith's College, London. Established by Prof. Chris French. APRU hosts an informative e-mail network for anyone, both national and international, with a serious interest in the psychology of the paranormal.

British False Memory Society

An organisation that was established by people concerned about 'recovered memory therapy', including parents falsely accused by their offspring of sexually abusing them as children.

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.'

The Credibility Coalition

'The Credibility Coalition is working to establish the common elements of trustworthy articles. As many independent projects are now working on fighting misinformation and analysing trust, a common framework is needed.'

Cult Information Centre (CIC)

CIC is a charity providing advice and information for victims of cults, their families and friends, researchers and the media.

EBM First

'This web site has been created as a voice of reason in response to the substantial amount of uncritical media coverage currently being given to alternative medicine.'

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 indomitable 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.'


A U.K. website that reports on unproven and questionable medical practices, including alternative medicine but also dubious claims in mainstream medicine.

The House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library is an independent research and information service. Experts publish research and analysis on topical issues and legislation, which you can read on this site.

Humanists UK

'Humanists UK 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.'

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.'

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.'


'Skepchick was founded by Rebecca Watson in 2005 to discuss science and skepticism from a woman's perspective. Over the years, it's grown to be a home to dozens of writers who tackle those issues as well as progressive politics, feminism, and social justice.'

Skeptics Forum ('Skeps')

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.

Stimulus Network

'Award winning podcasts cover topics from science fiction through to actual science news and right back to ghost hunting.'

Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE)

'S4BE is a growing network of students from around the world, from school age to university, who are interested in learning more about evidence-based health care (EBH).'

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? 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 of 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.


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

'Bad Thinking' Blog

'People believe strange things mostly, I think, because of bad thinking. Accepting an extraordinary claim without sufficient evidence is irrational. Let's see if we can bring a bit of rationality into play.'

Christian Iago Blog

Giving unevidenced beliefs perpetuated by misinformation, tradition, dogma, delusion, fraud and indoctrination the respect they duly deserve since 2008.

DC's Improbable Science

Blogs on 'Truth, falsehood and evidence: investigations of dubious and dishonest science' by David Colquhoun, pharmacologist at University College London.

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 pharmaceutical industry. But he is also very criticial of unscientific and unsupported practices and policies in mainstream medicine.

Michael Heap

Michael Heap is a retired 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.

Adam Jacobs

Adam Jacobs is a medical statistician, who has worked in clinical research since 1996. His blog is 'a collection of my random thoughts about statistics, medicine, science, and other stuff'.


'I'm an independent consultant in clinical science, so there's an emphasis on biomedicine, but I'll roam freely through the labyrinths of pseudoscience and superstition.'

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.


Australian Skeptics

A very large, active and influential skeptical organisation.


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'.

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.

European Skeptics Podcast

The European Skeptics Podcast is an independent, weekly show hosted by three skeptics from different countries, representing several organisations and projects. The main focus of the podcast is to support European level actions within the skeptical movement. You'll also find on the website a comprehensive calendar of event of skeptical interest taking place all over Europe.

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.'

Friends of Science in Medicine

'Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) was formed at the end of 2011 to emphasise the importance of having health care in Australia based upon evidence, scientifically sound research and established scientific knowledge.'

Genetic Literary Project

Genetic Literacy Project exists 'to promote public awareness and constructive discussion of genetics, biotechnology, evolution and science literacy'.

Gid M-K

Health nerd; Epidemiologist. Writer. "Shill Blogger"-Natural News.

Health News Review

'Reviews news stories and news releases that include a claim of efficacy about treatments, tests, products or procedures.'

InFact with Brian Dunning

A web video series that gives you the real facts behind popular myths, promoting high-quality information that helps people live better lives. Click on the link to access an accumulating series of brief, informative, myth-busing videoed talks (with text) on a wide range of subjects of interest to skeptics.

James Randi Educational Foundation

Founded by the most celebrated skeptic of all, the late James 'The Amazing' Randi and based in the USA. After Randi's retirement in 2015, the JREF Board decided that it will convert the organisation into a grant making foundation.

McGill Office for Science and Society

'The McGill Office for Science and Society (OSS) is a unique venture dedicated to the promotion of critical thinking, science communication, and the presentation of scientific information to the public, educators, and students in an accurate and responsible fashion.'


'Metafact is a fact-checking platform. You ask a question, we source many independent experts to verify the evidence.'


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.

Naturopathic diaries

Britt Holmes trained in naturopathy but came to realise 'The profession functions as a system of indoctrination based on discredited ideas about health and medicine, full of pseudoscientific rhetoric and loaded with ineffective and dangerous practices'.

New Zealand Skeptics Society

The NZ Skeptics Society is a non-profit body that exists to promote critical thinking. Visit their very active website.

On the Media

'The Breaking News Consumer's Handbook'. 'WNYC's weekly investigation into how the media shapes our world view. Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield give you the tools to survive the media maelstrom.'


A database for the opinions (well researched and argued opinions) from all over the world. Contributors welcome.

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.'

Reality Check

Radio FM4's midday news magazine investigates the stories behind the headlines.


U.S. website devoted to exposing quackery in medicine.

Respectful Insolence

'A statement of fact cannot be insolent. The miscellaneous ramblings of a surgeon/scientist (David Gorski, aka 'Orac') on medicine, quackery, science, and pseudoscience (and anything else that interests him).'

Retraction Watch

A blog that reports on retractions of scientific papers.

Science-based Medicine

'Science-Based Medicine is dedicated to evaluating medical treatments and products of interest to the public in a scientific light, and promoting the highest standards and traditions of science in health care.'

Science Friday

'Science Friday is your trusted source for news and entertaining stories about science.'

The Skeptical Inquirer

Longstanding and influential periodical of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (see earlier) featuring articles of a high academic standard, some of which are freely available online


'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 Skeptics Guide to the Universe

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is a weekly 80-minute podcast hosted by Steven Novella, MD, along with a panel of "skeptical rogues." and is the official podcast of the New England Skeptical Society. The show features discussions of recent scientific developments in layman's terms, and interviews authors, people in the area of science, and other famous skeptics.

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.'