I was sued by one of the authors of a book I had reviewed. He felt that my review had caused him unquantified damages and that publishing it had been an ‘unlawful act’. On 18 November the court has dismissed all his demands. My freedom of speech prevails over his hurt feelings!
Dutch newspaper Trouw set out a poll, in collaboration with Kieskompas, to investigate the belief in several conspiracy theories. One of the results they reported is that ‘almost one per cent of the Dutch, 0.9 per cent to be exact, think that the Earth is not round, but flat.’ This would amount to about 150.000 […]
The Dunning-Kruger effect is said to exist among chess players. This is however based on a single study on a small one-day open Swiss tournament. And did the authors of that study fully grasp the effect of that particular pairing system?
My attention was drawn to a study via Twitter by a guy named Sam Little who is involved in some dubious test with the well known and dangerous quack product MMS [23/5/2019 see update below]. He recently performed a test in Uganda which is very similar to the test that was performed in Uganda several […]
On 12 June 2018, I published a book review of Patronen van Bedrog, a book written by Willem Middelkoop and Tim Dollee. The title translates into Patterns of Deception. In this review (published on Kloptdatwel.nl) I argue that this is not a very good book, to say the least. It repeats conspiracy theories thrown up […]
According to truthers NIST had to admit reluctantly that WTC7 came down at free fall. My analysis shows that the calculation of NIST is questionable and that an argument can be made that the acceleration was a bit lower than the free fall acceleration.
It is possible to approximate pi with throwing needles on a grid, but the result Italian mathematician Mario Lazzarini published in 1901 seems too good to be true. But was it fraud? A close look into his original paper sheds some new light on this issue.
Two years ago Ruggero Santilli sued me for defamation. He was not pleased by some sentences in a post I wrote about one of his inventions, the Santilli Telescope. This telescope with concave lenses can detect ‘anti-matter light’, which is something completely different from ordinary light according to the genius from Florida. He also sued professor Frank Israel, chairman of the board of Stichting Skepsis, and my web host, Hosting2Go. The lawsuit has now been settled. I’ll give you an update on what happened in those two years.