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Simon Singh

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Simon Singh (born 1964) is a British science writer. He has authored many books, including one on the solving of Fermat's last theorem.

BCA lawsuit[edit]

Singh was sued by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) following allegations of libel due to his (correct) characterization of Chiropractic woo as "bogus". The offending article was removed from The Guardian pending the result of the legal process, but is now available again[1]. It's possible that the litigation raised the profile of the more crank positions of chiropractic medicine well above what people previously thought.

In a more recent turn, the BCA published (and quickly retracted) an allegation that Singh was motivated by malice - a defamatory statement that opens up the possibility for Singh to counter sue the ass off the BCA (we at Rational Wiki aren't saying he should follow such childish litigation, but we won't lose sleep if he does).[2] This was summed up quite nicely in the Science, Reason and Critical Thinking blog.[3]

On April 1 2010, Singh won an appeal that granted him the right to use a defence of fair comment.[4] Although the BCA vowed that they would appeal, on April 15 they finally dropped the case.[5]

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