Principia Scientific International (PSI)

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  • Overall, we rate Principia Scientific International (PSI) a strong conspiracy and Pseudoscience website that promotes anti-vaccine propaganda and frequent misinformation regarding climate change.

Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: LOW
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 33/180

History

Founded in 2010, Principia Scientific International (PSI) is an organization based in the United Kingdom which promotes fringe views and material to claim that carbon dioxide is not a greenhouse gas. PSI has also published a book, titled “Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory.” According to their about page “Principia Scientific International (PSI) is the only independent science body in the world that is legally incorporated to champion the traditional scientific method, as set out in the work of Karl Popper”

Funded by / Ownership

Principia Scientific does not list names regarding ownership, however they state “Since June 2017 Principia Scientific International is legally registered in the UK as a company incorporated for charitable purposes. We are a ‘Community Interest Company’ overseen and regulated by Companies House.” Revenue is generated through donations.

Analysis / Bias

In review, PSI claims as their number one mission to “be the leading independent voice for principled science as per the Traditional Scientific Method (TSM)”, which was championed by scientific philosopher Karl Popper. The general philosophy of Popper is that scientist should actively attempt to falsify a hypothesis, rather than prove it. The right leaning American Council on Science and Health has written why this method may not be the best. 

Principia Scientific covers many areas of science, however most stories center around climate change (global warming) and vaccinations. When it comes to climate change, PSI does not agree CO2 is the primary driver of global warming. PSI takes vaccinations to a whole other level with stories like this: Doctors Who Discovered Cancer Enzymes In Vaccines All Murdered!. This story is sourced to Neon Nettle, which we rate as a quackery level pseudoscience and tin foil hat conspiracy website. This story is listed as a Pants on Fire claim by Politifact

In general, the information found on this website falls along the extreme right biased spectrum of science. This is an anti-scientific method website, that reveals a human influenced climate change denial website, which promotes climate change as a grand conspiracy with scientists “fudging” data.

A factual search list several failed fact checks.

Overall, we rate Principia Scientific International (PSI) a strong conspiracy and Pseudoscience website that promotes anti-vaccine propaganda and frequent misinformation regarding climate change. (D. Van Zandt 7/18/2017) Updated (9/26/2019)

Source: https://principia-scientific.org/

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