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Bad Science (edition 2009)

by Ben Goldacre

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Member:Tod_Christianson
Title:Bad Science
Authors:Ben Goldacre
Info:Fourth Estate (GB) (2009), Paperback, 288 pages
Collections:Your library
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Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre

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    Three Steps to the Universe: From the Sun to Black Holes to the Mystery of Dark Matter by David Garfinkle (nsblumenfeld)
    nsblumenfeld: Although they write about astronomy rather than medicine, the authors share Goldacre's interest in process and methodology as well as results; they make how we know what we know in the field a primary concern and are interested in giving their readers the tools to avoid pseudoscience and bogus "sciencey" claims.… (more)
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    Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (Rynooo)
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    The Duck that Won the Lottery by Julian Baggini (vguy)
    vguy: Goes into greater depth on a selected number of issues (eg Homeopathy, MMR vaccine). Helps one understand scientific method, specifically blind controlled randomised trials. For all that, an amusing and popular approach.
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    Denying Science: Conspiracy Theories, Media Distortions, and the War Against Reality by John Grant (nsblumenfeld)
    nsblumenfeld: Why does bad science get so much exposure?
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A great book that is about how science and scientific language is manipulated to be used by pseudo-scientific and bad products services and people to spread misinformation. This is a book about scientific thinking and it should be a set text in every school.
Ben Goldacre is very clear and readable. If you have ever thought "that doesn't sound right... but i cant't work out why" this is the book for you. It will give you the tools to be able to listen to an explaination of a scientific theory or process and analyse it, break it down and work out if you are listening to complete bullshit or the real deal. ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
This is a tremendously important book in exposing and debunking much of the pseudo-science that bedevils much public discourse in this country. He focuses on a whole range of issues, including homeopathy, faddish nutritionists and health scares such as the MRSA and anti-MMR hoaxes. These cases have a number of factors in common, including the media's misunderstanding of basic research techniques and their misinterpretation of evidence and statistics, and the desire for medical stories to fit common templates such as "killer disease", "miracle cure" or "brave maverick doctor defies medical establishment", which leads to over or under-reporting of research depending on its findings and origin. These faults are, of course, not unique to the media, but the media's role as the bridge between science and the great majority of the public puts them in a unique position to influence public perceptions (as in other issues). The book is not perfect, there is a fair amount of repetition (though he covers very important points that are worth hammering home) and I found the author's tone occasionally a little patronising. However, its central messages are crucial to a healthy public debate about the opportunities and limitations of scientific research, not only within the medical sphere. ( )
  john257hopper | Jan 30, 2016 |
Interesting info about the ways some researchers (especially pharma companies and some homeopathy) try to twist the facts to sell their products.
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  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Interesting info about the ways some researchers (especially pharma companies and some homeopathy) try to twist the facts to sell their products.
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  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
There are a great many (universally ignored and unread) books on this subject that exist and that I've enjoyed. This particular one stands out for two reasons: 1) The writer has a huge humor-flecked chip on his shoulder that is readily apparent from his clever and smarmy affronts to the quacks and hacks. 2) He largerly discusses phenomena that the reader can either test for him/herself or read the available data to allow one to come to a logical and responsible conclusion. The final chapter, The Media MMR Hoax, is paramount reading for all of humanity, and once again proves my theory that Jenny McCarthy should go to hell, to take her literal and figurative boobs with her, and leave the rest of us to clean up the mess she created.
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
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Ben Goldacre is exasperated. He’s not exactly angry — that would be much less fun to read — except in certain circumstances. He is irked, vexed, bugged, ticked off at the sometimes inadvertent (because of stupidity) but more often deliberate deceptions perpetrated in the name of science. And he wants you, the reader, to share his feelings.
 
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Let me tell you how bad things have become.
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The aim of this book is that you should be future-proofed against new variants of bullshit.
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La salute, il timore di perderla, la ricerca di ogni mezzo per conservarla sono ossessioni ricorrenti, coltivate dai canali pubblicitari attraverso un bombardamento quotidiano di consigli, ricette, soluzioni spesso imprecise, talvolta fuorvianti o dannose. Contro la disinformazione interessata, la fiducia ingenua, i rischi dell'ignoranza, questo libro propone un rimedio: la consapevolezza. Ben Goldacre non si limita a svelare menzogne e verità manipolate, ma racconta come sia facile cadere preda di questi inganni e, soprattutto, come sia possibile evitarlo. Di fronte ai pericoli della cattiva scienza, questo libro è il manifesto, divertente, spietato e appassionato, di una scienza buona.
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Everyone has their own 'bad science' moments, encompassing everything from the useless pie charts on the back of cereal boxes to the use of the word 'visibly' in cosmetics adverts. Full of spleen, Ben Goldacre takes the reader on a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the world of bad science.… (more)

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