Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Simon Singh: Libel case championed 'rationality'

31st August 2010

Science writer Simon Singh felt compelled to defend himself against allegations of libel to tackle what he saw as society's irrationality.

In April, the Fermat's Last Theorem author used a defence of fair comment to win a Court of Appeal case, after the British Chiropractic Association claimed that an opinion piece he wrote for the Guardian was libellous.

Speaking to Wired, Singh said that if he had lost his appeal, people would have been able to cast doubt on anything he writes about alternative medicine, adding that it would have implied that chiropractic care is an effective treatment for many illnesses.

'Faced with that, I couldn't apologise. If you've written something that you believe is true, and if you can afford to defend it, then you've got to defend it,' he explained.

Additionally, Singh criticised the trend for ill-qualified celebrities and columnists to cast doubt on mainstream scientific ideas.

In 2008, Singh and Professor Edzard Ernst examined the validity of complementary treatments such as chiropractic care, homeopathy and aromatherapy in Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial.
 

Latest Blog
Vic James on Building the World of Gilded Cage
23/01/2017

Vic James describes how she created the world of Gilded Cage, and finding inspiration in art, literature and National Trust properties.

Explore T S Eliot Prize-winner Jacob Polley's collection, Jackself
17/01/2017

Watch a video and read a poem from Jacob Polley's T S Eliot Prize-winning collection, Jackself.

Radiohead, Tom Waits and Joy Division: Under The Influence with Joseph Knox
17/01/2017

Exclusively for Foyles Joseph Knox talks about the music that influenced his debut, Sirens.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd