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Scopie's Law states:

In any discussion involving science or medicine, citing 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.[1]

Contents 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.[2] 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

External links

  • 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.


  1. See the original post here. This post was cited by Orac of Respectful Insolence as the first mention of the law.
  2. Seidel, Kathleen. "A Whale of an Expert." Neurodiversity Weblog 13 June 2008. 23 Jun 2008.
  3. Five times in this article alone.
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