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On the first working Monday of every month (Monday is one of my busiest days) I will donate the daily income of Chocolate Tortoise to a selected charity, and post to this blog detailing the charity chosen. This blog is not intended to tell the world how generous I am. I am less generous than many people. The blog is intended to firstly log who I have donated to, and secondly to hopefully inspire others to do the same, or similar. For more information, see my first post.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

May 2015 - Sense About Science

One of the benefits that comes with donating regularly to different charities is that you can choose a variety of different types of cause without feeling that 'more worthy' causes are missing out. Donating to an educational cause, or pressure group, is not something that would be a first choice of mine, but is still something I would like to do on occasion, so this month my chosen charity is Sense About Science.

I am very disappointed with the British media. They are far too powerful, far too believed by the people and have too strong agendas. The shambolic outcome of the Leveson enquiry only goes to show how much power they have and how much disregard they show for.... well.... anything or anyone else. I stopped reading newspapers years ago for this reason - I am not sure whether to believe anything that is written.

I have a background in science. I know a little about it. I can see when the media are trying to drive an agenda or just to drive up sales using false or manipulated scientific statements or uneducated hyperbole. Unfortunately the general public do not always see this happening. Sense About Science aims to educate, to correct misinformation and to promote good scientific thinking and methods. Dr Ben Goldacre is a hero of mine and a personified example of all that Sense About Science stands for (he is also a great supporter and fundraiser for them). I have great respect for Dr Simon Singh, a victim of the terrible libel laws this country has, who is on the board of this orgaisation (they are also pushing for libel law reform). I am very happy to help out such a cause.

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