Damian Thompson, in his book, Counterknowledge, noted that we experiencing a pandemic in counterknowledge which he defines as misinformation packaged to look like fact, but that is demonstrably false. This was written in 2008 and has got worse since and is affecting all aspects of life and society. I have been harping on a bit recently in a number of places about all the counterknowledge in relation to plantar fasciitis. On the Boot Camp site, I first wrote about it a few years back. Most recently I blogged at Run Research Junkie about: Is minimalism an option to manage plantar fasciitis? and Plantar Fasciitis – how then do you treat it?. Needless to say they engendered quite a reaction from the fan boys who can’t read science and just want to continue touting their brand of snake oil, woo and pseudoscience.
Like all skeptics I see the pattern and its obvious; the tactics and logical fallacies used by those who can’t read or don’t like the science are obvious and are being used to counter what I wrote are well documented! Given that most of the criticisms don’t actually address the issues I raised, then I must have been right. So much snake oil to dispel and so little time to do it!
Soon I will be writing about it on the PodiaPaedia page.