We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now.
Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases, and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.
©2008 Ben Goldacre (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
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I would certainly buy another book by Ben Goldacre.
a good explanation of the scientific method. I was amused by the way that he cherry picked some of the charcters he wished to criticise and then "over interpreted the data" to conclude "they are all like that". If anyone was daft enough to read the newspapers and believe that Vit C will cure XYZ then this book should open their eyes. We all need to look at the original data - but after that it is a matter of personal experince and interpretation.
"It's not me it's them."
A voice of reason when all around me are buying magic potions, miracle cures and spouting facts that sound like utter bollocks. Thank you Ben goldsmith. I was starting to think I was the mad one not them.
"Bad Science = Bad Book"
If you are the sort of person that is closed minded, then this is the book for you. I found myself drifting off constantly (similar to when a office/workplace "know-all" gets going). I have no idea how this book was so popular but suspect it will be interesting to people that like to have their own cynicism confirmed. I'm fairly sure this book could be debunked by a similarly smarmy author.
Maybe, but not on this subject
Not sure, he reads the book in a way that 'he knows better' and it is a little irritating
This should be required reading for everyone, especially in PSHE lessons at school enough said.
"Clear & easy to understand"
I was able to follow the excellent explanations of even quite complex science, the writing is clear, passionate and entertaining. I'm appalled and reassured in equal measure.
"Thought provoking and at times fun"
A book to challenge how you view science in the media and how the media misreports science. The author covers a lot of background in how studies should be done and picks apart various aspects of 'bad science' using that logic.
In that regards this book is at the bare minimum educational. But it's also entertaining, while boy laugh oh loud funny it's punchy, witty and not too preachy.
"Excellent, humorous and well presented descriptions of the pseudo science popularised by the media"
Excellent, humorous and well presented descriptions of the pseudo science popularised by the media
Health, nutrition, medicine.
Superbly informative, passionately written and well-constructed arguments and easily understood provision of evidence. Brilliant stuff!
"This should be compulsory reading for schools."
This is the sort of book that teenagers should be givien to read. Do it as a clinical trial, three years of compulsory reading and see how well adjusted, evidence based and critically thinking our society would become.
No more water wizards, pedalling their homeopathy nonsense. Children vaccinated. An end to the mountains of horseback*t, printed in newspapers daily... I can only dream
"Weird science and wacky woo"
Goldacre's take on this is spot on and he is right to challenge bad science as it is wasting a lot of people's time and worse in some cases, causing a health hazard as with MMR. The narration of the book is good and the voiceover becomes more appealing as the book moves on. I thought that too many points were laboured and some points a little trivial including the PR stuff pushed on reporters. How many people take notice of those silly little 8 out of 10 stories that take up a couple of column inches in a newspaper? Maybe some people do but I think people have generally more intelligence than to take such quirky stories seriously. Many chapters could have been shortened. After it's been established that someone is obviously a quack there's no need to keep hammering the point home. Overall it's an informative read, especially the serious stuff on the pharmacutical industry. Well worth a listen!
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