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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

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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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!

    14 of 15 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

    Mother and catlover

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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!

    4 of 4 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.

    3 of 3 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!

    3 of 3 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.


    1 of 1 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).

    1 of 1 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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wendi 06-26-17
    wendi 06-26-17 Member Since 2010

    I run/knit/swim/climb/watch Bollywood when not driven to the brink of insanity by homeschooled children who think and talk far too much.

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    "Worth a rethink"

    I don't always agree with his viewpoint but I do respect it. So I will give his ideas a second and third consideration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Anthony G. Jay 06-24-17

    #DRJ...scientist, simplifier, speaker, outdoorsman, #estrogeneration author

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    "Conventional Establishment - yaaaawwn - Stances"
    What disappointed you about Bad Science?

    Disclaimer: I'm an author and PhD scientist. I'm not Simon Cowell. That being said...I enjoyed Goldacres title. It got me excited! There is a TON of Bad Science, especially on LDL and statin drugs [rabbit models, seriously?!], diet [counting calories? seriously?], chemotherapy as a default treatment for cancer, and so much more. BAD BAD BAD SCIENCE. Also, Goldacres grasp of science seems legit [is this turning out to be a compliment sandwhich? It's looking that way....]. HOWEVER...Goldacre takes biased and conventional view of things like "toxins" and a few other things that discredit the book for me by revealing his bias which is boringly typical. He also missing so much of the TRUE bad science that is out there currently. Like the influence of pharma and governement/corporate agenda!!!!!!!! [just one more...!] These sorts of bias's's's are exactly why we have massive disease and obesity problems that just keep rising....they sow the seeds of confusion. That being said, I enjoyed his information on the placebo effect : ) I also enjoyed how even what the doctor thinks about the pill or the doctor's confidence can have a dramatic effect. There were definitely a few gold nuggets. It just wasn't an entire ACRE of gold. Mostly fool's gold [ok, that's going too far]


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Read Marcia Angell's books and included the biggest, baddest problems with "health" care today. Breast cancer is up 250% people! Let's not start a crusade against "those silly toxin believers"


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    Anatoli 02-20-17
    Anatoli 02-20-17
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    "Informative and well written"

    The book delivers on its promise of making a reader think more critically about scientifically sounding claims made by mass media or by companies that try to sell things. There are multiple examples of baseless claims that are wide spread and accepted like detox or homeopathy. The book enumerates quite a few of them and explains where the claims came from and why they are wrong.
    Perhaps the most interesting part of the book is about how questionable conclusions can be substantiated by research/studies that on a surface seem credible. How, if you are not careful and don't know what to look for, you can easily be mislead by unethical studies. For example small details in selecting trial groups, deciding cohorts or assuming wrong control groups can completely change results of an experiment. Unfortunately some corrupt companies try to cheat using such methods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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