Bad Science with Nick Mailer

Published: 6/25/2017
64 minutes

Carl and Richard talk to Nick Mailer about bad science: how to recognize it and avoid it. Nick gives many examples of how we have been conditioned through language to accept bogus claims. The source of this bias may surprise you.


Richard mentioned he visited a Sydney Meat-up hosted by Julie and her husband .. he meant to say Linda. Apologies

Also after the podcast was recorded, Richard listened to a podcast by Dr Chris Masterjohn that gave an heroic dismantling of the AHA coconut oil press release and the studies behind it. We've linked THAT in the show notes.


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Nick Mailer
After obtaining a degree from the University of Leeds in English and Philosophy, Nick Mailer co-authored the first book in the UK on the education possibilities of the Internet. He co-founded The Positive Internet Company, UK's premier open-source managed services organisation. He also founded the Campaign for Unmetered Telecommunications, and has spoken at conferences on the nexus of culture, technology and semiotics. Since 2010, he has adopted a paleo-ish LCHF lifestyle, to which he nevertheless applies a multidisciplinary scepticism! He lives in London with his wife, daughter and cat. Nick presented 'Chemophobia, Appeal to Nature and Paleo Puritanism' at AHS in 2016.

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Atomic buffalo turds

Lyndens Low carb keto cheese cake

Fox hill bagels

Bayer and LibertyLink Soybeans Help Protect Hearts

The positive internet company

Ancestral health symposium

The healthy user bias

Thomas Kuhn and the "Paradigm shift"

Karl Popper "No number of sightings of white swans can prove the theory that all swans are white. The sighting of just one black one may disprove it."

Nearly 75% of patients hospitalized for a heart attack have low "cholesterol"

Correlation does not prove causation


Kellogg's and Onanism

Amber O'Hearn

John Durrant "Moses the microbiologist"


Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association

Chris Masterjohn gave an heroic dismantling of the AHA coconut oil press release and the studies behind it

Sydney diet heart hypothsesis - buried for 40 years - shoes that replacing Saturated fats for Seed oil lowers LDL and INCREASES heart disease

Minnesota coronary experiment - buried for 50 years - showed for every 30 mg/dl that total cholesterol goes down is seen a 22% increase risk of death

Vaccine that lowers cholesterol offers hope of immunizing against cardiovascular disease

Carl's Recipe: Carl's Cream of Mushroom Soup

Richard's Recipe: Richard's smoked cauliflower soup