Goldenes Brett

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The award Das Goldene Brett vorm Kopf (English translation: "The Golden Blockhead", literal translation "The Golden Board in Front of the Head") is a negative prize awarded by the Society for the Scientific Investigation of Pseudosciences (GWUP - Gesellschaft zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung von Parawissenschaften). The prize is organised by the Viennese regional group, the Society for Critical Thinking (GkD - Gesellschaft für kritisches Denken). The jury considers the "most astonishing pseudo-scientific nuisance" of the year in German-speaking countries. The award was presented for the first time in 2011 during the Sceptics Conference in Vienna.[1][2] In 2016, the prize was presented simultaneously for the first time in Vienna and Hamburg (by the Hamburg sceptics of the GWUP).[3]

Process[edit]

Candidates are nominated via a form. A jury of experts selects the three top candidates among the nominees. The assessment is based on the following: degree of deviance, resistance to criticism, commercial interest, radius of action, pseudoscience, and hazard potential.[4] In the course of a public award ceremony, three candidates are presented by a eulogist in an ironic speech. The three candidates can comment on their nomination. Thereafter the winner is announced, and they are given a golden statue with a board in front of the head and have the option of making an acceptance speech. In 2012, the jury of experts included Heinz Oberhummer (physicist), Werner Gruber (physicist), Johannes Grenzfurthner (artist) and the eulogists Mario Sixtus (journalist), El Awadalla (writer) and Niko Alm (entrepreneur and activist).

In 2012, an additional "lifetime achievement prize" was awarded for the first time. This prize recognizes a person who, according to the jury, "made a name with particularly impressive resistance to scientific facts over decades".[5] The award was granted in 2012 by the Austrian Consumer Information Consortium (Verein für Konsumenteninformation) and since 2013 by the German Consumers' Union (Deutscher Konsumentenbund). The Austrian branch of the Cochrane Collaboration was a cooperation partner in 2015.[6]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Year Lifetime award Winners Nominees/reason for nomination Sideact
2011 not awarded Peter-Arthur Straubinger (In the Beginning There Was Light)
  • Claudia von Werlhof (HAARP)
  • Mario-Max Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe (elixir of wealth)
  • not held
2012 Erich von Däniken Harald Walach of the Viadrina European University (spreading of esotericsm and alternative medicine in academia)
  • Dieter Broers (doomsday prophecies)
  • Austrian doctors association (promotion of therapies without proof of therapeutic effect)
2013 Ruediger Dahlke [de][7] Homeopaths Without Borders (distribution of homeopathy in areas of medical crisis)
  • SPAR (revitalized water)
  • Marcus Franz; Austrian politician and doctor (pseudoscientific claims regarding homosexuality)
  • Harald Havas
2014 Jochen Kopp/ Kopp Verlag Singer Xavier Naidoo[8][9] (public spreading of conspiracy theories)
  • Netzwerk Impfentscheid (claims regarding vaccines)
  • Barbara Steffens; health minister of North Rhine-Westphalia (promotion of pseudoscience at public universities)
2015[11][12] Matthias Rath[13] Stefan Lanka[13] (denial of the measles virus)
2016 Ryke Geerd Hamer (Germanic new medicine)[14] Zentrum der Gesundheit[14]
  • Roland Düringer (spreading of conspiracy theories in the public)
  • Cancer centre Brüggen-Bracht (pseudoscientific claims on cancer therapy/ treatment of cancer patients with unapproved drugs)
Sideact in Vienna:

Sideact in Hamburg:

  • Armin Himmelrath
  • Marcus Rohwetter
  • Julia Offe
2017 Cornelia Bajic and the Deutschen Zentralverein homöopathischer Ärzte[15] Prof. Dr. Dr. Johannes Huber (Mediziner, 1946) [de],[15] author of Es existiert: Die Wissenschaft entdeckt das Unsichtbare (2016) and Der holistische Mensch: Wir sind mehr als die Summe unserer Organe (2017)
  • Bernhard Hoecker
2018[16] Demeter International The Hospital Nord in Vienna, together with the energetician Christoph Fasching, who drew an "energetic protective wall" around the hospital[17]
  • Christina von Dreien (esoteric prodigy)
  • Hans Tolzin (dairy expert and operator of websites against evidence-based medicine)
Sideact in Vienna:
  • Sylvia Margret Steinitz
  • Christian Kreil
  • Lisz Hirn
  • Erich Eder

Sideact in Hamburg:

  • Matthias Grübel
  • Nicola Kuhrt
  • Marcus Rohwetter
2019 Granderwasser[18] Hevert medicines (homeopathic manufacturers)[19]
2020[20] Ken Jebsen's Web-Projekt KenFM Sucharit Bhakdi (spreading of COVID-19 misinformation)

Media recognition[edit]

Media recognition ranges from numerous mentions in the blogosphere, such as ScienceBlogs (Astrodicticum Simplex,[21] Kritisch gedacht[22] or Fischblog[23] and Mathlog)[24] to Austrian media such as Der Standard[25][26] Die Presse,[27] ORF,[28] NEWS,[29] Heute[30] and Vice.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wissenschaftlicher Humbug gesucht" [Scientific humbug wanted]. Wien.orf.at. 24 September 2012. Archived from the original on 30 July 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  2. ^ derStandard.at: Skeptiker küren Esoterik-Unfug des Jahres Archived 2012-10-28 at the Wayback Machine, 24. September 2012
  3. ^ "Pseudowissenschaftler erhalten satirischen Preis Das "Goldene Brett" wird erstmals in Hamburg verliehen" [Pseudoscientists receive a satirical award The "Golden Board" will be presented for the first time in Hamburg]. Archived from the original on 2016-11-25. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  4. ^ Website goldenesbrett.at - Kriterien und Jury, 16. Oktober 2012
  5. ^ derStandard.at: Drei Finalisten für "Goldenes Brett vorm Kopf" ... inklusive Ärztekammer Archived 2012-10-19 at the Wayback Machine, 16. Oktober 2012
  6. ^ goldenesbrett.guru: Das Goldene Brett 2015 Archived 2017-06-26 at the Wayback Machine, 14. Oktober 2015
  7. ^ "Goldenes Brett vorm Kopf: Auszeichnung für "Homöopathen ohne Grenzen"" [Golden board in front of the head: Award for "Homeopaths without borders"]. apps.derstandard.at. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Xavier Naidoo als Verschwörungstheoretiker geehrt" [Xavier Naidoo honoured as a conspiracy theorist]. Derstandard.at (in German). 2014-11-26. Archived from the original on 2014-11-28. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  9. ^ Michael Vosatka (2014-11-27). "Nicht von dieser Welt" [Not from this world]. Derstandard.at (in German). Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  10. ^ "Verleihung des Goldenen Bretts 2014" [Awarded the Golden Board 2014]. YouTube. 26 November 2014. Archived from the original on 18 August 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Das Goldene Brett 2015: Die drei Finalisten stehen fest" [The Golden Board 2015: The three finalists have been chosen]. Blog.gwup.net (in German). 2015-10-14. Archived from the original on 2015-10-17. Retrieved 2015-10-14.
  12. ^ "Das Goldene Brett 2015 - die Verleihung" [The Golden Board 2015 - the award ceremony]. Facebook.com (in German). Archived from the original on 2018-06-10. Retrieved 2015-10-14.
  13. ^ a b ""Goldenes Brett vorm Kopf" an Virenleugner" ["Golden board in front of the head" to virus deniers]. Wien.orf.at. 21 October 2015. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  14. ^ a b ""Neue Germanische Medizin" Satirepreis für Doktor Scharlatan" ["New Germanic Medicine" satirical award for Doctor Charlatan]. www.spiegel.de. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  15. ^ a b c d ""Hormonpapst" Huber für "Goldenes Brett vorm Kopf" nominiert" ["Hormone Pope" Huber nominated for "Golden Board in front of the head"]. Die Presse. APA. Archived from the original on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Die Anwärter für das Goldene Brett 2018 stehen fest" [The candidates for the 2018 Golden Board have been announced]. futurezone.at (in German). 22 November 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  17. ^ ""Goldenes Brett vorm Kopf" an Wiener Krankenhaus Nord" ["Golden Board in front of the head" at Vienna Hospital North]. www.sn.at. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  18. ^ Homöopathie-Unternehmen erhält das Goldene Brett vorm Kopf (tr. "Homeopathy company holds the golden board...") 13 December 2019 www.derstandard.de, accessed 23 February 2021
  19. ^ TheESP – Ep. #201 – HPV vaccines are safe! "Das Goldene Brett (the Golden Board) has been awarded to homeopathy manufacturer Hevert by the GWUP in Austria... 19 December 2019 theesp.eu, accessed 23 February 2021
  20. ^ Das Goldene Brett vorm Kopf"Fehlalarm"-Arzt Sucharit Bhakdi mit Satirepreis ausgezeichnet tr. The golden board in front of the head "False alarm" doctor Sucharit Bhakdi awarded with a satire prize 15 December 2020 www.kleinezeitung.at, accessed 18 December 2020
  21. ^ "Wer hat das goldene Brett vorm Kopf?" [Who has the golden board in front of their head?]. Astrodicticum Simplex. Archived from the original on 2014-12-04.
  22. ^ "Nachlese zum Goldenen Brett 2012 an Harald Walach und Erich von Däniken" [Review of the Golden Board 2012 to Harald Walach and Erich von Däniken]. Kritisch gedacht. Archived from the original on 2014-07-17.
  23. ^ "Wer wird Scharlatan des Jahres? Jetzt auch bei uns" [Who will be charlatan of the year? Now with us too]. Fischblog. Archived from the original on 2015-07-29.
  24. ^ "Weg mit den Pillen! Ein Pharma-Lobbyist bekommt das "Goldene Brett"" [Away with the pills! A pharmaceutical lobbyist receives the "Golden Board".]. Mathlog. Archived from the original on 2014-07-24.
  25. ^ "Lichtnahrungs-Doku zum "herausragendsten Unfug des Jahres" gekürt" [Light nutrition documentary named "the most outstanding nonsense of the year"]. Derstandard.at. Archived from the original on 2014-08-14.
  26. ^ "Auszeichnung für "Homöopathen ohne Grenzen"" [Award for "homeopaths without borders"]. Derstandard.at. Archived from the original on 2014-07-06.
  27. ^ "Susanne Winter für "Goldenes Brett vorm Kopf" nominiert" [Susanne Winter nominated for "Golden Board in front of the head"]. Diepresse.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  28. ^ ""Goldenes Brett vorm Kopf" an Virenleugner" ["Golden board in front of the head" to virus deniers]. Wien.org.at. 21 October 2015. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  29. ^ GmbH, news networld Internetservice (22 October 2015). "Goldenes Brett - Preis für esoterischen Unsinn" [Golden Board - Prize for esoteric nonsense]. News.at. Archived from the original on 30 July 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  30. ^ "Susanne Winter für Goldenes Brett 2015 nominiert" [Susanne Winter nominated for the 2015 Golden Board]. www.heute.at. Archived from the original on 2015-10-16. Retrieved 2015-10-31.
  31. ^ "Die Nominierten für das Goldene Brett 2015 stehen fest" [The nominees for the 2015 Golden Board have been announced]. Vice.com. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2018.