Sunday, July 26, 2009
Save Simon Singh
For those who haven't been following this is a libel lawsuit in the UK where Simon Singh, MBE and author specialising in writing about mathematical and scientific topics in an accessible manner (#1), is being sued over an article he wrote in the gaurdian where he wrote:
"You might think that modern chiropractors restrict themselves to treating back problems, but in fact they still possess some quite wacky ideas. The fundamentalists argue that they can cure anything. And even the more moderate chiropractors have ideas above their station. The British Chiropractic Association claims that their members can help treat children with colic, sleeping and feeding problems, frequent ear infections, asthma and prolonged crying, even though there is not a jot of evidence. This organisation is the respectable face of the chiropractic profession and yet it happily promotes bogus treatments."
It is this use of the word bogus here that seems to be the main problem. The judge, as for a better proceeding in the trial, chose to give a definition for the word bogus. However, the judges given definition seemingly ignores context as well as Singh's statements over his use of the word.
A facebook group in support for Singh can be found here:
and his wikipedia page with numerous links and references can be found here: