Whats the difference between confirmation bias and just being biased.

January 26, 2011

Skeptic Andy Lewis announced on Twitter yesterday how the Chiropractic & Osteopathy journal had recently changed its name, with the comment “Ideal for conflating evidence”.

PropagandaHe criticises the chiropractic profession for a lack of evidence, then when some try do do something about it. Its not to be take seriously as if medical research was a paragon of virtue.  It makes me laugh  way people quote evidence as if if it meant they could talk absolute shite, but because the can quote the Joe Bloggs study it gives the opinion some sort of scientific kudos. The suggestion is that chiropractors need “manual therapists” to make us look better.  I am sure chiropractors like other professions spin evidence however the biggest culprit of all is the “Only professor of complementary medicine in the UK professor Edzard Ernst. Remember the study a few years ago that found manipulation by a physiotherapist that was no better than a placebo, professor Ernst rented his mouth to all and sundry using this study in an attempt to make   his own studies seem credible and not a reflection of his bias against chiropractic.

The journal ‘Chiropractic & Osteopathy’ changes its title

January 24, 2011 — Chiropractic & Osteopathy recently changed its title to Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. This change reflects the expanding base of submissions from clinical scientists interested in the discipline of manual therapy.

It is also in accord with the findings of a review of the journal content and a joint venture between the original parent organization the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia and a new partner the European

Academy of Chiropractic, which is a subsidiary body of the European Chiropractor’s Union.

The title change should encourage submissions from all professionals interested in manual therapy including chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, medical doctors, and scientists interested in this field

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3 Responses to Whats the difference between confirmation bias and just being biased.

  1. Leopoldo Iozzi on March 16, 2020 at 17:37

    I?d have to check with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  2. Anonymous on January 27, 2011 at 08:30

    Being sceptical of sceptics Richard? You must be drunk/stoned/high/a hippie! No wait! This is one for skepticat: Lo and behold and AD HOM!

  3. Richard Lanigan on January 27, 2011 at 01:47

    The Skeptic community were speculating on Twitter Wednesday as to whether I had been drinking when I wrote the above. While I used to be partial to a bit of weed, I have never liked alcohol so I was sober last night. May I also say this article is not about you Andy I dont know you and would not presume to know anything about you or your profession. What I do know is you know little about anatomy and physiology or what I do for a living. I would be embarrassed to keep yapping on about things I knew so little about, however it does not seem to bother you guys. In the words of Ben Goldacre I call these postings “Moron Baiting”

    The only professor of Complementary medicine has called me a plonker which I shall wear like a badge of honour. Blue Wode believes I struggled to defend chiropractic and gave up trying in 2007 after a discussion on some skeptic forum.
    The article he is referring to was about physiotherapists not being very good at spinal manipulation. Do bears shit in the woods? I tried to point this out to them however this fact flew over their ignorant heads such was the feeding frenzy on Mr Ed’s latest tabloid revelations. These people know nothing about chiropractic and I would urge all chiropractors to stop hiding behind your elected representatives and speak up for yourselves. Even the most incompetent chiropractor has to know more about chiropractic than these guys.


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