Bent Spoon Nominations

The nominations for 2016 are:

Nominee: University of Wollongong

Nominated by: Multiple nominations
Date: 16/01/2016

For approval of a PhD thesis by anti-vaccination campaigner Judy Wilyman, known for an approach to medicine and vaccination that ignores scientific evidence. In the face of criticism, the University has then gone on to defend the notion of freedom of academic opinion (regardless of accuracy) and has effectively washed its hands of the issue and its own responsibility.

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Nominee: Dr Maryanne Demasi and ABC-TV Catalyst program on wi-fi

Nominated by: Tim Mendham
Date: 18/02/2016

For (again) presenting a biased sensationalist story on a scientific topic, in this case non-ionising radiation and the use of wi-fi media. The program had six scare-mongering ‘experts’ ranged against one scientist saying that there wasn’t any scientific evidence that harm was being caused. The story included many unsubstantiated statements that ignored scientific evidence. It confused the proper and normal scientific restraint of saying we can’t be absolutely sure of something; with admitting the something is dangerous. Poor science, bad journalism, overly alarmist, and even the title of the story, ”Wi-Fried”, was sensationalised. Move over Daily Mail, here comes Catalyst.

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Nominee: Professors Alan Bensoussan, Gregory Kolt and Barney Glover at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University

Nominated by: Frank Van der Kooy
Date: 12/03/2016

For continuing to fully support and defend the use of homeopathy and other unbelievable complementary medicines. For ignoring the detrimental impact that their approach have on science, scientific education and the general health and well-being of the Australian population.
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Nominee: Malcolm Roberts, One Nation Party

Nominated by: Multiple nominations
Date: 17/08/2016

One Nation Senator-elect Malcolm Roberts for his “valuable contribution to education in critical thinking” through “his ability to both name-drop some logical fallacies and demonstrate them very effectively”. In particular, for his appearance on ABC-TV’s Q&A program, August 15, in which he stressed the need for scientifically-valid data and then instantly rejected it when presented with some.

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Nominee: Dr Thomas Goyer and Geoff Jowett

Nominated by: Dr Ken Harvey
Date: 19/08/2016

For the evolution of their dubious services, from erectile dysfunction to weightloss to libido treatments, at an equally movable range of facilities: the Advanced Medical Institute to the Medical Weightloss Institute to the Australian Men’s Hormone Clinic. The ‘medical’ claims associated with these institutions have been heavily criticised and debunked in both scientific and legal circles.

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