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Bad Science | [Ben Goldacre]

Bad Science

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Adrian
    Clophill, United Kingdom
    6/18/13
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    "Bad Science, Great Book"
    Any additional comments?

    So okay, I am what our American cousins would call a Skeptic, so if your not a logical, science based person what are you doing reading this book? It made me laugh on occasion, it made me angry at times as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this well explained and well researched book. Completed in two listens it kept me outside walking and away from the television for a couple of days. Will definitely listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Salford, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Tales of intrigue and skepticism."

    There is little to be said about Goldacres book that hasn't been said a thousand times before. Excellent reading for the sceptical thinker, and essential reading for people like me who get foggy headed when too many scientific words are used. Goldacre hits almost all the targets he aims for, and does it in an exceptionally listenable way. An excellent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leon
    United Kingdom
    4/9/12
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    "Interesting topic, annoying narration"

    Ben Goldacre exposes many of the slights of hand used in the health & nutrition industry covering the obviously ridiculous, such as homeopathy, to the more believable, such as fish oil supplements. The content of the book was very interesting but I did find the narration started to grate after a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    Hereford, United Kingdom
    10/24/11
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    "First Class"

    This is fantastic, well read and engaging. A Must !

    Should be required reading / listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Burntisland, United Kingdom
    10/7/11
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    "Not a fan"

    The subjects are interesting and well researched, but like some others I've found the tone off-putting. You do learn a fair amount and will probably find much of it strikes a nice balance between being informative, humorous and passionate.
    I'm not entirely sure whether it's the narrator or the combination of narrator and material that annoys me, but I find myself getting as angry at the sweeping statements and condescending remarks as Ben Goldacre gets at the bad scientists. There's something about smug self-righteousness that makes me root for the other guys, even if - as in this case - they're mostly borderline lunatics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clayshaw
    7/28/11
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    "Shame can't rate the book and narrator separately"

    This is the only audible download I've had so far where I wish I'd read the book. The narrators constant tone of exasperation and sarcasm really started to grind after the first half of the download. However the content is very good and well written. The author does go into a lot of detail about the MMR jab and I was delighted to see someone put the record straight on this. I knew an awful lot about this topic before but still learned some more shocking facts.
    My advice - buy the book in digital or paper form and add the sarcasm as you feel fit, not with every sentence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ralph
    Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
    5/31/11
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    "Sound, Intelligent"

    Uncovers the lies that fill the media and gives a process for analysis

    a tendency to overstate and repeat loses a star - but still recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MrsM
    7/1/10
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    "nbc3030"

    If you can get past the slightly patronising tone of the narration, this book is truly enlightening. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    East Sheen, United Kingdom
    6/20/10
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    "Brilliant. Should be mandatory reading"

    I happended to stumble across this book and was delighted with what I found. The content was eye opening and has really made me question what I read in the papers. The narration is top quality and adds a sense of humour to the book. This should be mandatory reading for everyone...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    BLACKPOOLUnited Kingdom
    5/4/10
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    "Get this book"

    Very good book, it does get a little heavy in parts while going into the finer points of some of the evidence and I agree that the slightly smug narration distracted from the book, however overall the content itself isn't patronising. Another author may have written this in an aggressive, confrontational way, however Bens relaxed and open style do a better job of getting the messages across.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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