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Scopie's Law states:
“”In any discussion involving science or medicine, citing Whale.to as a credible source loses you the argument immediately ...and gets you laughed out of the room.
It was first formulated by Rich Scopie on the Bad Science forum.
Whale.to is a website run by Herefordshire pig farmer John Scudamore. It is a notorious dumping ground for all things pseudoscientific... as well as a few other things. Like the complete text of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, documentations of Illuminati mind control plots, and articles about the Catholic world conspiracy. It contains every (and we do mean every) half-baked pseudoscientific theory ever concocted.
Shockingly, it was used as a source by the plaintiffs in the Autism omnibus trial, and it has seen increasing use as a "source" by anti-vaccinationists and propagators of the vaccine-autism connection.
Others not to cite
- Using Answers in Genesis to back up a creationist point.
- Any of Alex Jones' websites (Infowars, PrisonPlanet) or "documentaries" as evidence of... anything, really.
- Using Joseph Mercola or NaturalNews in support of alternative medicine or, for that matter, anything else. NaturalNews is itself known to violate Scopie's Law and cite Whale.to on numerous occasions.
- Citing the Family Research Council when trying to argue against homosexuality.
- Weekly World News and ChristWire — although in this case it's not so much that they're full of misinformation, it's more that you're stupid enough to believe it's real.
- Whale.to Warning: Storehouse of extreme pseudoscientific and conspiracy-mongering crap. Enter at your own risk. But good for a laugh, if you have that sense of humour.