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Bad Science Audiobook

Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

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Publisher's Summary

Author Ben Goldacre exposes the epidemic of pseudoscience and gives listeners the tools they need to distinguish good science from nonsense.

©2010 Ben Goldacre (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Great fun for science and statistics geeks, this is challenging in the best sense of the word." (Library Journal)

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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 03-09-12
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2017
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    "The Brits Pull No Punches On Fake Medicine!!"

    First off, be aware that the humor in this book is VERY British. I didn't know that going in, but was pleasantly surprised. The narrarator is SPOT ON with the read. It's witty, yet scientific, and filled with interesting facts. Rather bravely, the author (Goldacre) admits numerous times when he's getting too bogged down in boring/heavy stuff, and apologizes. This is done in a way that's charming and hillarious. Entertaining all the way through. If you've ever wondered about the reality of Homeopathic remedies, natural healing, witch doctors, etc, then you will LOVE this book!

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha L. Woerner Chicago area 08-07-12
    Marsha L. Woerner Chicago area 08-07-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Enlightening!"
    Would you listen to Bad Science again? Why?

    I will listen again, just because there was so much in it that I can't remember every detail all at once. FABULOUS information and take!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book! Of course, the fact that the author agreed with me on the pseudoscience of many alternative medicine certainly didn't hurt, but it was more than that. He came and things as a nonbeliever in everything, whether it be alternative medicine or science, whether it be medicine or placebo. Furthermore, he was able to say that “yes, some things that are not scientifically proved actually have proved helpful, MORE than doing nothing”. He did his best to explain what could be going on, and he did his best to allow for individuals' belief systems. In some cases, he said that he doesn't agree with you, but he respects your choice. I personally, furthermore, learned things about what I, personally, need to look for. It was a great book!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Gebert 12-24-12
    Ken Gebert 12-24-12
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    "Knowledge is Power"

    Goldacre really gives you pause for thought in regards to medicine and nutrition. He has no qualms about calling a quack a quack, and really makes you wonder about all the studies that have been done concerning supplements, diets, and general medical information.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-06-12
    Shawn Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Learn who is scamming people, and how."

    It's important to be informed that the "Detox Foot Baths" and Pads, and Ear Candles, Homeopathy and many other things in the Alternative Medicine industry are scams, but it's even better to learn *how* they are scamming people.

    Maybe you wouldn't have fallen for these things yourself anyway, but this book can help you explain to others who may be more inclined to try them exactly what they do and why they don't work.

    I already knew that most of these were useless or even intentional scams, but I didn't know the details of all of them, and despite having a previous interest in the subject, some of these quacks and hacks were new to me.

    I found it very enjoyable to listen to, and would recommend it to anyone interested in the subject matter - as long as they're okay with a British perspective and narrator. It's always a good idea to listen to a sample before buying just in case!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Francois South Africa 08-24-15
    Francois South Africa 08-24-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Important topic; poor audio delivery"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator is monotonous and makes it a slog


    How could the performance have been better?

    A more lively and varied inflection. Every sentence follows the same predictable monotonous voice pattern. Such a shame, as Ben Goldacre himself is a wonderfully lively presenter.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro Uberlandia, Brazil 09-04-13
    Pedro Uberlandia, Brazil 09-04-13
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    "Illuminating"

    Great discussion of how medicine finds out what is good or bad for you. And a clear presentation of how statistics can be manipulated (and how we can tell it has been manipulated).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "ask: was the study double blind"
    What made the experience of listening to Bad Science the most enjoyable?

    eye opening how irresponsible the media is when publishing a story


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes. andrew wakefield should be held accountable for the damage he has caused.
    the rest of the mail order quacks should be publicly ridiculed for their nonsense. I'm talking about you Chopra


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 11-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "If you like this topic you'll enjoy this book"

    Very well researched. The information is clearly presented and easy to understand. A good introduction to the topic

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    Jan United States 10-25-17
    Jan United States 10-25-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Worthwhile"

    audiobook, crooks, education, greed, medical, nonfiction, reference, science, social-issues, whispersync, fraud

    A detailed reminder to verify claims and rationality of products that are aimed at desperate people reaching for an answer and finding snake oil instead. Very well worthwhile read.
    Jonathan Cowley does come off rather pedantic, but that does not diminish the value of the material.

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    david 10-05-17
    david 10-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Obvious stuff for intelligent people"

    If you're mildly intelligent, hopefully you're not believing everything thats stated in newspapers or televisions 'Current Affair / 60 minutes' like programs. You're not believing that alternative medicine is the stuff to use... because after-all if it was effective...it would just be called medicine.
    You're surely not one to believe that everything published with statistics like "__ has increased 50% in the last 3 years" , yet doesn't state the original level, is anything to live your life by, or that trained professionals opinions with all their associated degrees behind them are on the same level as 'experts' who merely have an interest & an unfounded opinion just because a journalist wants to come across as providing a balanced argument.

    -The authors main gripe is that there seems to be a dumbing down of society, and that journalists are embellishing situations in order to create a story, and that people that don't know what they're talking about... or that have a product to sell that isn't necessarily good for your health, can create 'the need to have a conversation' for something that really doesn't require a conversation in order to sow seeds of doubt and eventually sell their products, opinions, services or even air-time taking advantage of those that rather unfortunately can't grasp scientific principles, or can't see through the obvious bullshit.

    -I give this 3 stars because while everything in this book is fine, and i agree with it, it doesn't mean that its getting through to the right people.
    At the end it gets difficult to listen to because you just end up thinking 'yeah, you're preaching to the choir here' No one that is practicing homeopathy will be listening to this book... because they've clearly already given up on reason.
    Anyone that seriously believes simultaneously that drinking a glass of red wine a day is good for you, and that red wine also causes cancer and trying to do all of these bullshit recommendations from clearly bullshit 'feel good / click bait' stories at once is generally not going to be the smartest cookies in the room...Nor, are they going to be listening to a book like this that would educate them at WHY they should be thinking more.

    -Yes, it give ammunition to intelligent people with the ability to reason & justify for that extra bit of information to convince others why they should or shouldn't pay attention to certain things.
    But i think unfortunately most of us have given up on those kind of people, because they're clearly set in their ways.
    -Ben Goldacre certainly does emphasise that journalists are to blame for a lot of the mis-information, and i think that is important.

    -I would combine this book with 'Merchants of Doubt' documentary as many techniques used are similar to the ones the author is speaking about for the dumbing down of society to be able to push their own opinions, products etc.

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