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Why we should Ask for Evidence

Derren Brown, illusionist

“Curiosity is at the heart of what makes us great. To not just mindlessly believe what we’re told, but to know how to question and test a claim, has lifted us from the Dark Ages.  And when the vacuous and untested assertions of health products and celebrity endorsements, of psychics and faith healers, of politicians, religious leaders and journalists go routinely unquestioned, we are put at risk. But we need the understanding and the tools to question these claims in order to know what we should believe. This campaign offers those resources to anyone wanting to know how to find out the truth.”
Derren Brown Photographer: Della Thomas
   
Colin Blakemore Photographer: Mark Hood Professor Colin Blakemore, University of Oxford

“Every day we make decisions – about how we eat, take care of our health and spend our money. Good decisions need good evidence.”
   
Dara Ó Briain, performer

“Evidence isn’t much to ask for, is it? Aren’t we all getting tired of ‘well, I know a woman and she had a terrible headache, and then she rubbed a cat on her head, do you know, two days later her headache was gone!’ Evidence kills this nonsense. Evidence scares away the charlatans, and protects the unsuspecting: basically, evidence kills fairy tales, and aren’t we all a little old for fairy tales?”
Dara Ó Briain Photographer: Ev Sekkides
   
Justine Roberts Photographer: Della Thomas Justine Roberts, co-founder and Chief Executive, Mumsnet.com

“Parents and those expecting are bombarded with often conflicting advice and product claims, at a time when hormones are raging and you're most susceptible to the hard sell. The way to deal with the bombardment is to ask questions. This campaign epitomises the need to ask for evidence rather than just accept things at face value.”
   
Lord Krebs, Chair of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

“Everyone should have a mental tool kit for interpreting what they read in the media, see on TV, hear on the radio, hear politicians or 'experts' claiming. A key part of the toolkit is asking for the evidence, and understanding how good the evidence is. Does prison deter re-offenders? Does wearing a cycle helmet help to reduce your chance of serious injury? Does culling badgers help to control TB? Does class size influence the academic achievement of pupils? Confident assertions are often made in the evidence-free zone, or are based on very weak evidence, or on selective interpretation of the data. A couple of years ago, I asked the government whether or not class size affects pupil attainment. I was told that the evidence shows that it does not beyond reception year. When I tracked down the original papers, this is not what the evidence showed. It indicated that there is little effect once class size is above a certain level, but below this class size counts.”

Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society


“To make good decisions on what we should buy, eat, avoid or what medicines we should take if we are ill, we need to assess the scientific evidence. Science allows us to evaluate claims - to sort the wheat from the chaff. The more we question and rely on evidence, the more we will know, the better informed we will be and the better our decisions are likely to be.” 


Professor Valerie Isham, President, Royal Statistical Society

"Ask for the evidence and you'll have a greater chance of telling good science from bad. Where the evidence is statistical the Royal Statistical Society's getstats campaign is helping to provide the basic statistical know-how needed to work out what the data mean.”

   
Ed Byrne, performer Ed Byrne Photographer: Ev Sekkides Jonathan Ross, performer Jonathan Ross
Photographer: Ev Sekkides
   

Professor Jim Al-Khalili, University of Surrey 

“It has never been more important for society to be properly informed on scientific issues. Ask for evidence so you know the difference between anecdote and scientific fact.”

Dr Kat Arney, Cancer Research UK

“You should always be asking ‘where is the evidence?’ Is it just one person who’s been treated with this magic, miracle cure and they got better? Or is it hundreds of people that have taken the treatment and it’s been shown to prolong their survival?”

   
Christian Jessen Photographer: Della Thomas

Dr Christian Jessen, television presenter

“Asking for evidence is vital to ensure quality control in science, and to stop vulnerable patients from being exploited. Believing without question has no place in science and medicine.”

   
Professor Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive, Royal Meteorological Society

“In areas of science such as meteorology where policy is being made, understanding how conclusions have been reached can sometimes seem difficult to distinguish personal opinion from scientific evidence – it is important to search out the underpinning evidence.”
Paul Hardaker Photographer: Sense About Science
   
Claire Coleman Photographer: Liz Lutgendorff Claire Coleman, features journalist

“Asking for evidence in everyday life really matters and can make a difference because it holds brands and individuals to account. I write about the beauty industry, and every week I’m presented with the latest ‘miracle’ promising fuller hair, longer eyelashes, or younger skin. I always ask for proof, and increasingly, I get it. Companies are slowly realising that extravagant claims are no substitute for evidence. Seeing how asking for evidence has caused a positive change in an industry renowned for smoke and mirrors genuinely makes me believe that asking for evidence could change almost every aspect of our lives for the better.”
   
Professor Robin Weiss, UCL

“It is tempting for people who have serious diseases like cancer or HIV/AIDS to try treatments or ‘medicines’ that have not been properly evaluated. Don’t clutch at straws but ask for evidence, and seek advice on how reliable that evidence really is.”
Robin Weiss Photographer: Sense About Science
   
Vicki Porter Photographer: Mark Hood Dr Vicki Porter, Head of Discovery and Engagement, The Wellcome Trust

“There are no excuses for allowing false claims to go unchallenged. There are lots of resources available, such as the Wellcome Library, where you can equip yourself to question dodgy science.”
   
Professor Richard Dawkins, University of Oxford and Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

“Next time somebody tells you something that sounds important, think to yourself: 'Is this the kind of thing that people probably know because of evidence?  Or is it the kind of thing that people only believe because of tradition, authority or revelation?'  And, next time somebody tells you that something is true, why not say to them: 'What kind of evidence is there for that?'  And if they can’t give you a good answer, I hope you’ll think very carefully before you believe a word they say.”  From a published open letter to a ten-year-old child
Kate Baillie, CEO, The Biochemical Society


"The Biochemical Society believe that all scientific claims should be based on robust evidence and so are happy to support the work of Sense About Science’s Ask for Evidence campaign. Those attempting to mislead and baffle with the use of unfounded pseudo-science do the scientific community a disservice and should be ‘named and shamed’ via the Ask for Evidence crusade."

   
Dr Evan Harris, Director, Campaign for Evidence-based Policy

Evan Harris Photographer: Samantha Cheung
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, GP


Michael Fitzpatrick Photographer: Sense About Science
   
Dr Jeff Aronson, President, Emeritus British Pharmacological Society

“Evidence about medicines is necessary in establishing both the benefits of a therapy and its harms. It is particularly important in gauging whether the former outweigh the latter. In addition, evidence of cost-effectiveness allows the NHS and other organisations to decide whether a treatment provides value for money, important when resources are scarce.”

Jonathan Brüün, incoming Chief Executive, British Pharmacological Society

Jono Bruun

   

Matthew ReedPhotographer: Sense About Science

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive, Cystic Fibrosis Trust:

"As a charity that supports families affected by cystic fibrosis as well as funding medical research into the condition, it is vital that families are given accurate information about treatments and so-called innovation in cystic fibrosis. We will always ask for evidence to support claims. Giving people false hope through sensationalist reporting of new treatments and findings can be misleading at best and very upsetting for the cystic fibrosis community if claims of an effective treatment are untrue."
   
Juliet Stevens, junior doctor

“Those vitamin supplement ads on the underground claiming life transforming results? Just another opportunity at the start and end of your day to ask `where's the evidence?’”
Juliet Stevens Photographer: Sense About Science
   
Simon Singh Photographer: Mark Hood Simon Singh, science writer

“The Internet has meant greater access to accurate scientific and medical information, but it has also led to a massive increase in the availability of woo, baloney, pseudoscience and bogus claims. It is crucial that we are appropriately cautious and vigilant, and then challenge those who make claims that simply do not make sense.”
   

Gemma Arrowsmith, comedian, actor and writer

Curiosity is the most wonderful human quality. It's the reason we've managed to double our life expectancy and venture into space. So if someone says they have a miracle cure and they'll sell it to you for fifty quid, shouldn't you be just a little bit curious as to the evidence behind that claim? It's not as if asking for that evidence before you hand over your hard earned cash is unreasonable.

 Gemma Arrowsmith
   

Alan Henness, Director, Nightingale Collaboration

"If you don't ask for evidence, how do you know what's available to inform your decisions? And if you don't base your decisions on the evidence available, what do you base them on?"

Nigel Hawkes, Director, Straight Statistics

“It's easy to be swayed by impressive-sounding claims or statistics that sound as if they result from careful research. Often, they're simply bluster. Everybody should say ‘Prove it!’ and not take no for an answer.”

   
 Julian Huppert

Dr Julian Huppert, MP

"Too much politics is based on knee-jerk reactions. It’s really important that MPs think about evidence and ask for evidence when making important decisions."

   
Diana Garnham, Chief Executive and Registrar, The Science Council

“Another media health scare or must have super-food? Ask for the evidence before you spend your money.”
Diana Garnham Photographer: Mark Hood
   

Andrew Wadge Photographer: Sense About Science

Andrew Wadge, Chief Scientist, Food Standards Agency

“I support this wholeheartedly: openness to challenge isn’t just good policy, it’s good science. Scientific understanding only moves forward by scrutiny, discussion, testing and disproof." 

"At the FSA, being open, transparent and science- and evidence-based are core principles, and I think we measure up to this challenge pretty well – but we’re always open to suggestions on how we can do better. I hope people will be inspired by this campaign. We’re happy to take our share of scrutiny and publicly provide evidence to justify the decisions we make.”

 
 
Nick Ross, journalist and broadcaster

“Every day almost everyone wants to sell us something: a product, a belief or an idea. They don’t need us to be especially credulous or naïve – just that we take what they say on trust. Ask for evidence, and it might save you from being a victim of a crime, a scam, a waste of money or a bad idea.”
Nick Ross Photographer: Della Thomas
   

Professor Julia Buckingham, President, Society for Endocrinology
 
“Asking for and examining evidence is of the utmost importance in science and medicine.  In order for us to know whether a medicine is effective and safe to use, we need to make sure it has been properly tested in a rigorously designed clinical trial.  If you don’t ask for evidence that a company can substantiate its scientific claims, you risk being taken in by incorrect statements and wasting your money.  Worse still, untested medical treatments can cause real damage to the body, lead to unpleasant side-effects and may delay a patient from receiving the correct medical diagnosis and treatment.”

Clare Jacklin, Director of External Affairs, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)

"NRAS is often made aware of misguided and confusing information regarding rheumatoid arthritis that is promoted via various sources e.g. the internet, health food stores, newspaper articles, alternative & complementary practitioners. We encourage people to thoroughly research any information on treatments and therapies before embarking on any deviation from their current treatment and therapy regime. People with long term conditions like rheumatoid arthritis can often be desperate for some immediate relief from their painful symptoms, which makes them vulnerable to believing claims of “miracle” cures and “drug-free” solutions."

   

Sarah Mehta, Research Communications Officer, Multiple Sclerosis Society 

"Ask for evidence - What kind of evidence backs up the claim? What kind of testing has been done? Has it been published? Has it been peer reviewed? What do other experts think?" 

Sarah Mehta
   

Wendy Thomas - Migraine TrustPhotographer: Sense About Science

Wendy Thomas, Chief Executive, the Migraine Trust

"Considering how many people (1 in 7) are affected by migraine, there is a real lack of understanding and so many myths about the condition. The World Health Organisation recognises migraine as being among the most disabling lifetime conditions, so it's vital that information about migraine is based on the best available evidence to help people manage their condition and improve their quality of life."

   

Sarah Norcross and Sandy Starr, Progress Educational Trust

"A growing tendency towards delaying conception has increased both the demand for fertility treatment and the difficulty of improving success rates, which remain relatively low. Fertility patients are nowadays faced with an enormous and sometimes bewildering choice of different medical techniques, therapies and supplements to core treatment. These range from array comparative genomic hybridisation to fertility astrology, and from testing for natural killer cells to 'Emotional Freedom Technique' (tapping). Establishing the evidence or lack thereof for the effectiveness of each technique can go a long way towards making sense of the options."

Sarah NorcrossPhotographer: Sense About Science

   
Mun-Keat Looi Photographer: Mark Hood

Mun-Keat Looi, science writer and editor

“We all want proof to help us make decisions. If I asked you to put your money in my business you wouldn't hand over your savings without looking at the fine print. You’d probably ask for the numbers, the hard facts. So why not when it's about your health?”

   

Tom Sheldon, Senior Press Officer, Science Media Centre

“Just because there is a product on the market doesn’t always mean there is the evidence to back it up. If the manufacturer doesn’t provide the evidence behind a claim, demand it – it’s your health and your money. And if you don't get the answer you need, ask yourself why not.”

Tom Sheldon Photographer: Mark Hood
   

Professor Alan Boobis OBE, Imperial College London

“Decisions on issues such as diet, lifestyle and medical care, can profoundly affect you or your family. Do not believe hearsay in the media or elsewhere, but look critically at the evidence in reaching such decisions.”

Dr John McConnell, Editor, The Lancet Infectious Diseases

“If you were asked to reach a judgement in a court case, would you make your decision based on the lawyers’ statement alone, or would you want to first see the evidence presented? Science stories are very similar, in that to reach an informed opinion it’s important to ask for the evidence.”

 

 

Jack Lowe Photographer: Samantha Cheung Jack Lowe, Director, Curious Directive theatre group

“Scientists and theatre makers are both searching for their versions of 'truth’. And these 'truths' are more similar than we think. While there is objectivity in science and subjectivity in theatre, evidence and scientific observation are always the starting point of our shows. By encouraging curiosity we hope audiences will continue to ask questions, seeking out evidence.”
   
Dr Blanka Sengerová, Voice of Young Science

“The public is bombarded with sensational claims in the media. As part of the ‘Ask for Evidence’ campaign, I have checked claims and rooted out the scientifically unsound ones, showing, most importantly, that anyone can.”

Blanka Sengerová
Photographer: Sense About Science

   
Paula Kirby, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, UK

“There is almost no limit to the number of claims we can make about life, the universe and everything.  But there's only one way to test whether those claims are true: evidence.  A claim without evidence is like a roof without a house: there's absolutely nothing to support it.”
Roger Highfield, Editor, New Scientist 

“If science teaches us one thing it is to be sceptical about claims that are not backed by hard evidence. The motto of the world’s oldest learned scientific society says it all: nullius in verba: ‘take nobody’s word for it’.”
   
Bridget Ogilvie Photographer: Sense About Science

Professor Dame Bridget Ogilvie, visiting professor, UCL

“After surgery for cancer fourteen years ago, I was advised to have chemotherapy. As I was dubious, I asked the oncologist what the evidence was. He showed me an article about a trial of the chemo proposed, showing a 10% increased life expectancy. I agreed to have the treatment.”

 

   

Diabetes UK

“Diabetes UK fully endorses Sense about Science’s campaign. We seem to see another miracle treatment or cure for diabetes discussed in the national press every week and often hear from people who are confused or misled by sensationalist claims. It is important to remember that while news stories and adverts may be based on good science, they often leap to misleading or flawed conclusions. We would always encourage people with diabetes to ask for evidence about health products and services that seem too good to be true.”

Richard Wiseman, author and Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire

“Evidence is vital to every aspect of our lives.  Whether it is someone trying to sell you a car, convince you that you need the latest hi-tech gadget, claiming to be psychic, or saying that God exists, people should ask themselves one key question - 'what's the evidence?'”


   

JICLeonor Sierra with school children at the John Innes Centre

Photographer: The John Innes Centre

Dee Rawsthorne, Outreach Coordinator, Norwich Bioscience Institutes

"We all have the right to ask for evidence on claims made in the press and this campaign gives us the confidence to do so."

 

The John Innes Centre

"The John Innes Centre firmly believe that any claim should be substantiated by evidence presented in a simple and easy to understand format so that it is not in any way misleading."

Sophien Kamoun, Senior Scientist and Head, The Sainsbury Lab

"Science is the foundation of our modern society. Evidence is what distinguishes science from pseudoscience. Always keep a critical mind and ask for the evidence behind any claim you encounter!"

Institute for Food Research

 "IFR stands firmly for evidence based research supporting any health claims relating to food and encourages everyone to think carefully and question anything you think is farfetched or implausible. A campaign like this is long overdue!"

   

Ian Sample, science correspondent, Guardian

“Evidence can be a slippery word. It can range from robust research in a scientific journal to unsubstantiated PR fluff. Unless you can sort the good from the bad, the relevant from the irrelevant, you cannot know what information to trust. A central part of my job is to ask for evidence and ask questions of that evidence. I encourage others to do the same.”

Ian Sample Photographer: Ruth Francis
   

Simon DenegriPhotographer: Mark Brook

Simon Denegri, Chief Executive, Ovarian Cancer Action

  "Each one of us can make a difference to the quality of the 'info-sphere' in which we live by challenging those making scientific or other claims to 'show us the evidence.' I hope that everyone will therefore support Sense About Science's important campaign." 

   

Dr Stephen Keevil, Reader in Medical Physics, King’s College London; Vice President, External Affairs, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)


“Some unscrupulous manufacturers try to use pseudoscientific claims to boost their sales, particularly when it comes to healthcare products. It is important that consumers look behind these messages and ask what evidence there is to support them, to avoid being hoodwinked by impressive-sounding language.”

IPEMLisa Parker-Gomm, Stephen Keevil, Carl Rowbottom from IPEM

Photographer: Sense About Science

   

Ralph HolmePhotographer: Sense About Science

Dr Ralph Holme, Head of Biomedical Research, Action on Hearing Loss

"We regularly have to respond to members of the public to help put the ‘latest research’ in context for them. We are also concerned about some of the claims made on the internet about potential treatments that are not based on any credible science. This is particularly a problem for tinnitus where patients desperate for help can be easily misled. It is always important to ask for the evidence."

 

   

Margaret McCartney, GP 

"Not using evidence kills people and wastes time and energy. We need evidence – it’s the only thing separating me from blood-letters, frontal lobotomists, and reiki master practioners. If I didn’t use evidence to help my patients make decisions I’d be guilty of quackery. Evidence isn’t usually perfect, which is why patients, doctors and researchers need to work together to make our evidence better."

Janis Hickey, Director, British Thyroid Foundation

“There is much misleading information on the web, which may lead some people to think that they can treat their thyroid disorder by, for example, supplementing their medication by changing their diet or buying expensive supplements online, when there is no evidence that these work. It is important to ask questions and to make informed decisions based on the body of evidence and recommendations of your doctor, rather than on speculative claims.”

   

Ursula Arens, Dietician, British Dietetic Association 

 Ursula ArensPhotographer: Sense About Science

Lynda Coughlan, Suzy Buckley, Clare Beach and Steve Howe, British Society for Gene Therapy BoardBritish Society for Gene Therapy Photographer: Sense About Science

   
Imran Khan Photographer: Mark Hood

Imran Khan, Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering

If our claims aren’t based on evidence, then we can’t expect the Government to take our advice on what to do with taxpayers money seriously. When we tell politicians they need to invest more in science and engineering, we need to show them it’s an evidence-based policy. That’s why, when we were pushing for science to be safeguarded from the public spending cuts last year, we put scientific and economic evidence at the heart of our arguments.”

   

Professor David Colquhoun, UCL

“Medicine should be based on evidence whenever it exists. The alternative to evidence-based medicine is myth-based medicine.”

David Colquhoun Photographer: Sense About Science
   
Ruth Francis Photographer: Sense About Science

Ruth Francis, Head of Press, Nature Publishing Group

“People with illnesses can be lured by the prospect of a miracle cure, but it’s crucial they ask for evidence before taking their chances. Both of my parents have been treated for cancer and are fully recovered thanks to evidence-based medicine. I’d hate to think that they could have gone down a different path.”

   

Dr Bella Williams, Communications and Public Engagement Manager, Understanding Animal Research

"Evidence is the only way for people to distinguish myth from fact and make sense of what science has to tell them." 

 

Bella Williams
Photographer: Sense About Science

   
Becky Purvis Photographer: Sense About Science Becky Purvis, Association of Medical Research Charities

“Parliamentarians are busy scrutinising the government’s health bill – so we’re working hard to make sure parliamentarians have access to good evidence and briefings so they can ask the right questions and be sure decisions over how the NHS supports research into new treatments and the training of our doctors are all based on the best available evidence.”
   
Ylann Schemm, Corporate Relations Manager, Elsevier

Ylann Schemm
Photographer: Sense About Science
Alok Jha, Guardian


Alok Jha
Photographer: Ruth Francis 
   
Professor Simon Maxwell, Clinical Lead Prescribing Initiatives, British Pharmacological Society 

“I often hear or read claims for the benefits of new treatments being made in newspapers, on television or within the pages of medical journals. Some are genuine, but the vast majority amount to unwarranted excitement that cannot be justified when the underlying evidence is revealed and scrutinised. All too often the messenger has a conflict of interest. It is only through careful review of the evidence from well-conducted unbiased research that the truth of any such claims can be substantiated or refuted.”
Professor Janet Bainbridge OBE, Trustee, Sense About Science


“When you read acclaim for something that appears to be amazing, just ask yourself… what is the evidence behind that claim? Then perhaps you will not waste money or be disappointed. It is a shame, but although I am tempted by the packaging, glamour and luxury of expensive face creams I know that there is not a shred of evidence that they will make my complexion that of a 21 year old again!! If one is announced with good scientific evidence to back the claim, I will be the first at the beauty counter!!”
   
James Lawford Davies and Katie Rouse, Lawford Davies Denoon

James Lawford Davies and Katie Rouse
Photographer: Sense About Science
Jenna Stevens-Smith, Society of Biology

Jenna Stevens-Smith
Photographer: Ruth Francis
   

Lord Taverne, Chair, Sense About Science

When, during the Enlightenment, evidence gradually became the basis for knowledge of the world, modern science was born, with its infinite benefits for mankind. But belief in mystical explanations of nature continues to flourish. The popularity of alternative medicine is only one example where the argument for drawing on the actual evidence needs to be made more forcefully.”

 


Professor Michael Baum, Professor Emeritus of Surgery and visiting Professor of Medical Humanities, UCL

“If I was a suspect charged with a capital offence I would want the best quality of evidence to be submitted to both judge and jury. Yet if you are a patient with a life threatening disease you are in serious danger of being offered treatments in an evidence-free zone. If the public call for evidence was stronger, then politicians and the Government would have to base their decisions on fact, rather than hearsay or party ideology.”

   

 


   

Laura Udakis, SGM

Photographer: Sense About Science

Laura Udakis, Press and Social Media Officer, Society for General Microbiology

"Science in the media is often controversial and contradictory, yet forms the basis of many important decisions made by individuals. Should you not have your child vaccinated against measles? Do probiotics really offer any health benefit? Will clothes labelled as ‘MRSA-resistant’ stop us from getting antibiotic-resistant infections? By asking for evidence behind science in the media, people can get straight answers to questions and make informed decisions. The Society for General Microbiology offers its full support to the Ask for Evidence campaign."

 

   
Tom Ziessen, Public Engagement Advisor, Wellcome Trust

Tom Ziessen Photographer: Della Thomas
Julia Wilson, Programme Co-ordinator, Sense About Science

Julia Wilson Photographer: Sense About Science
   

Lee-Ann Coleman, Head of Scientific, Technical & Medical Information, British LibraryKaren WalshePhotographer: Sense About Science

Ed Yong, Science Writer

 Ed YongPhotographer: Sense About Science

   

Brighton Skeptics in the Pub

 
Brighton Skeptics in the Pub Photographer: Brighton Skeptics

 
Emma Bell Photographer: Mark Hood Emma Bell, volunteer, Sense About Science

"Consumers and patients deserve better than the latest pseudoscientific fad. Always demand evidence." 
   
Dr Samantha Cheung, volunteer, Sense About Science

"If we take everything at face value and don't ask for evidence, then we are only going to be presented with more and more products (be it miracle cures, cosmetics or anything else) that either have no effect or, worse still, are harmful to us. If we ask for evidence then everyone is going to benefit from this."
Samantha Cheung Photographer: Mark Hood

 

 

Dr Lewis Dean, volunteer, Sense About Science

Lewis DeanPhotographer: Sense About Science

Amara Anyogu, volunteer, Sense About Science

Amara AnyoguPhotographer: Sense About Science

   
 

 

Selected coverage of Ask for Evidence

Shelagh Fogarty's show BBC 5Live.

BBC Breakfast Interview with Tracey Brown.

BMJ UK campaign encourages consumers to ask organisations for scientific evidence

Irish Times It's time we asked for the evidence

Eureka Magazine, Times Science (£) - Here comes the science bit. So be wary

Hungry for Science (blog by the Food Standards Agency's Chief Scientist) Demanding Evidence

MS Trust blog Ask for the Evidence Campaign

British Science Association, British Science Festival News Ask for Evidence Campaign

Royal Meteorological Society Ask for Evidence Campaign

Royal Statistical Society Campaign urges public to "Ask for Evidence"

British Pharmacological Society Ask for Evidence Campaign Launch

Society of Biology Ask for Evidence Campaign

Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason Ask for Evidence Campaign

The Chemical Engineer Today Consumers told: Ask for Evidence

Au Science Magazine (Aberdeen University Science Magazine) Ask for Evidence

Atheist, Humanist, and Secular Student Societies  "Evidence Is The Key": How Sense About Science Is Getting People To Ask Questions 

The Weather Club magazine Ask for Evidence Campaign Launched

Women's Food and Farming Union, September Newsletter

Jez Rose: Canine Behaviour Specialist Jez Supports Sense About Science Campaign  

Which? Ask for evidence: don't let scientific claims go unchallenged. 

Engineering & Technology Magazine Ask for evidence to eliminate dodgy claims 

The Times (£) Advertising + science = one bad mix

Society for General Microbiology Ask for evidence

People and Science `Scientists say...', but how do they know?

Which? The `detox' products you don't need

 

Podcasts:

British Science Festival xchange podcast Day 3 (from 31:37)

Pod Delusion Episode 102

Skeptic Zone Podcast 154

 

With thanks to the photographers who have helped launch this campaign: Ev SekkidesDella ThomasMark Hood, Ruth Francis, Liz Lutgendorff, Brighton Skeptics in the Pub, Samantha Cheung, and Hamish Symington for help with design.