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Bad Science By Ben Goldacre Bad Science Full of spleen this is a hilarious invigorating and informative journey through the world of Bad Science When Dr Ben Goldacre saw someone on daytime TV dipping her feet in an Aqua Detox footbath re

  • Title: Bad Science
  • Author: Ben Goldacre
  • ISBN: 9780007240197
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bad Science By Ben Goldacre Full of spleen, this is a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the world of Bad Science When Dr Ben Goldacre saw someone on daytime TV dipping her feet in an Aqua Detox footbath, releasing her toxins into the water, turning it brown, he thought he d try the same at home Like some kind of Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General , using his girlfriend s BFull of spleen, this is a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the world of Bad Science When Dr Ben Goldacre saw someone on daytime TV dipping her feet in an Aqua Detox footbath, releasing her toxins into the water, turning it brown, he thought he d try the same at home Like some kind of Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General , using his girlfriend s Barbie doll, he gently passed an electrical current through the warm salt water It turned brown In his words before my very eyes, the world s first Detox Barbie was sat, with her feet in a pool of brown sludge, purged of a weekend s immorality Dr Ben Goldacre is the author of the Bad Science column in the Guardian His book is about all the bad science we are constantly bombarded with in the media and in advertising At a time when science is used to prove everything and nothing, everyone has their own bad science moments from the useless pie chart on the back of cereal packets to the use of the word visibly in cosmetics ads.
    Bad Science By Ben Goldacre

    Bad Science October rd, by Ben Goldacre in bad science No Comments The Conversation is a great media outlet, because it s run by academic nerds, but made for everyone I had a nice time chatting with them last week we discussed transparency, data sharing, statins, research integrity, risk communication, culture shift, academic activism, and Bad Science Goldacre, Ben Books Bad Science is than just a debunking expose though its that it s a toolkit for critical thinking, a primer on statistics and valid study design, a guide to meta analysis and other tools for uncovering and understanding truth The book should be required reading for everyone who cares about health, science, and public policy. Bad science Science The Guardian Ben Goldacre Bad science Channel reported that a study in the Lancet showed a new drug had reduced the symptoms of Duchenne s muscular dystrophy Unfortunately, the study shows no such thing Bad Science The Franklin Institute Bad Science We ve all heard expressions and stats that just seem to make sense, so we don t bother to check them out It turns out there are a lot of misconceptions floating around We re here to break down a few examples of what we like to call B.S. What is bad science and how to spot it Jan , There are multiple reasons for bad science poor research, poorly designed experiments, misconduct by researchers, and accidental or deliberate misinterpretation of data. Bad science Bad Science Taubes book , a book by Gary Taubes Disambiguation page providing links to topics that could be referred to by the same search term This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title Bad science.

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    1. Trevor on said:

      So, you are about to tuck into a lentil burger with chia seed extract for that omega three boast you know your body has been crying out for since your last detox, especially since you aren t completely sure if the cannabis oil you ve been baking into your gluten free cookies has given you indigestion or if it is the start of the stomach cancer you thought you might have had and was the reason why you started eating the damn things in the first place The guy on the Internet who sold you the oil s [...]

    2. Petra X on said:

      10 star book Edit I have edited the review as the book is now available in the US Truly a worthwhile read, one up for us against big Pharma Until recently this book was not available in the US as books that attack big Pharma, alternative medicine gurus especially the tv variety and sacred cows like the MMR Autism myth get sued just to stop publication even if there is no hope of winning the suit This is an important book and illuminates the part the media plays in the dissemination of informatio [...]

    3. David on said:

      This is a marvelous book about people getting science mostly medical and nutritional science really really wrong I was struck by an amazing coincidence from the very first page Just two weeks before I read this book, a friend described to me the foot bath that he had undergone, exactly as described in the book Bad Science He is scientifically oriented, so he was just flabbergasted when the procedure left a brown sludge in the foot bath, but the treatment removed all the pain in his knees from so [...]

    4. Becky on said:

      This book is both fascinating and frustrating, and illustrates that the only way to get the real info on anything is to be a scientist Data scientist, research scientist, medical scientist, science scientist, mad scientist But the good news is that one doesn t need to be a PROFESSIONAL scientist in order to get to the truth of an issue, but one just has to have the kind of critical thinking that a good scientist applies After all 87.3% of people know that 77% of statistics can be made to show an [...]

    5. Paul Bryant on said:

      Beads that sparkle like a prism, snake oil for your rheumatism, Calico and gingham for the girls.Cast your eye on Dr Borer s patent pending hair restorer,guaranteed to grow hair on a billiard ballHands up who doesn t recognise which gender bending musical those portentous words emanate from Okay, it was Calamity Jane You knew that, I know Can t just be me whose mind is stuffed with the lyrical junk of six decades.Onward to the review.Ben Goodacre is the sworn foe of all modern day medical mounte [...]

    6. Lena on said:

      Ben Goldacre is a man with a mission A UK doctor who writes a column for the Guardian, he d like it very much if people would stop making their health decisions on the basis of crap science.Unfortunately, there is an awful lot of crap science out there So Goldacre does his best to educate people about how to tell the difference between the good, the bad, and the ugly.Along the way, he entertainingly uses the usual suspects of homeopathy and foot detox baths to illustrate his points But he also t [...]

    7. Paul on said:

      This book has some important lessons to impart and, as loathe as I am to tell anybody what they should or shouldn t read, this is one of the few books I wish could be made compulsory reading.Goldacre writes with passion about subjects that are clearly important to him and yet still manages to write conversationally and with good humour Parts of this book made me laugh out loud and parts of this book, sometimes less than a page later, made me both angry and desperately sad One chapter on the MRSA [...]

    8. Jim on said:

      I knew there was a lot of bad science horrible media coverage out there, but I had no idea just how bad This isn t a book just about that, though While Goldacre does give some very good examples, he spends a lot of time teaching the reader how to spot bad science specifically in the field of medicine I knew a lot of it, but the only statistics class I took was quite a while ago The refresher was needed.As Goldacre so aptly shows, numbers can easily lie, especially when blasted on headlines inter [...]

    9. Tania Kliphuis on said:

      I wish that I could give this book 4 stars I tell you what, I give the idea for this book 4 stars Unfortunately though, the execution wasn t so fantastic That said, I do think that anyone interested in the way that the media are able to influence public opinion about serious matters, and in the recent explosion of health related reality TV should give it a read It is an interesting book if you can get over the shoddy editing and Goldacres pomp and ceremony.Goldacre insists that this should be an [...]

    10. Christopher on said:

      Audiobook The guy doing the audiobook has a ton of passion Bad Science is an excellent book about how to approach news articles about scientific papers He goes over what flaws to look out for in the studies themselves, as well as the common ways journalists completely screw up reporting about subjects they don t always understand In particular, he focuses a lot on homeopathy and the MMR autism link which doesn t actually exist , both of which he destroys The takeaways from this book are how to i [...]

    11. Nikki on said:

      Just as the Big Bang theory is far interesting than the creation story in Genesis, so the story that science can tell us about the natural world is far interesting than any fable about magic pills concocted by an alternative therapist Well, no Stories are important They tell us what people s preoccupations are, what people want and what they re scared of Scientifically, Goldacre s right but science isn t the only thing to be concerned about I m sure he d think this reaction typical of an arts [...]

    12. Simon Wood on said:

      HOW TO IMMUNISE YOURSELF FROM DELUSION It seems a bit gratuitous to write the 223rd review relevant to uk site of Ben Goldacres book Bad Science but having decided that it would be of a fault not to recognise the brilliance of his book I ll go ahead any way.The Bad Science that particularly irks Goldacre and takes up the bulk of his book is that which relates to the medical sphere It s not that he thinks purveyors of crystal healing, homeopathy or the wannabe scientific but far from terrific n [...]

    13. Mairita (Marii grāmatplaukts) on said:

      V rt ga ne vienm r viegli las ma las mviela ikvienam par mu b m, ko mums baro pa pasludin ti uztura speci listi, kr mu dakteri, intu cij balst tu pier d jumu piekrit ji, negod gi farm cijas uz mumi un pla sazi as l dzek i sum viss ir slikti, bet p c s gr matas vismaz sp siet noteikt, k p c ir slikti.Piln atsauksme gramatas.wordpress 2016 0

    14. Matt on said:

      This excellent book written by the intelligent and entertaining doctor and health communicator Ben Goldacre is a must read for anyone who has an opinion about any health issue you ve seen, heard or read about in the media Although written in the context of the UK, its lessons and advice apply to anyone anywhere.Covering everything from CAM including chiropractic and homeopathy to vaccinations to self proclaimed TV professors like Gillian McKeith to the pros cons of the pharmaceutical industry, t [...]

    15. Ken Robert on said:

      No one is spared in this delightfully infuriating tour of the myriad ways we can be duped by bad advice on health and medicine.The author, Dr Ben Goldacre, skewers alternative medicine quack jobs, data dithering drug researchers, scare mongering journalists, pinheaded politicians, and simple minded celebrities who would all gleefully sell us horse manure if we were willing to buy it.And he does it with a flair for making the confusing understandable as well as entertaining.Read this book and you [...]

    16. Nancy on said:

      I ve read about most of the topics covered in this book elsewhere, but Goldacre does a great job of teaching us to spot the failures of Big Pharma, alternative medicine and journalism He does this in an entertaining way using ripped from the headlines stories.Last week I was in the mood to read some non fiction so went to the shelves of one of my friends and made a list of her 5 star health and science books Armed with that,I found several of those books at the library and have been happily read [...]

    17. Sibilla on said:

      Viss vienm r ir sare t k nek izskat s un vienk r u atbil u nav.Visp r oti laba gr mata, kas veicina kritisko dom anu.

    18. Jafar on said:

      This is the kind of the book that I would make everyone read when I get to rule the world There s so much nonsense going around these days in the name of science and research that a lot of people would be quite shocked with this book Examples are endless Detox treatment Just a big hoax Homeopathy Even a bigger hoax All those fancy and expensive cosmetic products that supposedly do magic to your skin Just a waste of money Vitamin C prevents and treats cold Not really Antioxidants slow down aging [...]

    19. Dekks on said:

      Excellent book that I think everyone should read, I don t consider myself to be a particular naive person, and I m not a conspiracy nut whatsoever, but at the same time am under no illusions about Big Pharma That said, it was a real eye opener to see just how biased and flawed some of the medical studies were and that very reputable medical journals regularly publish findings and studies that should be very suspect to the professional scientist.The only problem with this book, and why I only gav [...]

    20. Deirdre on said:

      An extension of his blog, this is a collection of basically rants about how science and statistics are abused by a variety of people It also looks at faulty science behind some nutritionists and some of their dodgy credentials His emphasis is on making people question facts and double check the evidence.However, people don t have the time for a lot of this, and when you re offered a glimmer of hope people tend to take it The placebo effect is explored here and he does admit that it works and wor [...]

    21. seryal olcay on said:

      It took me long to finish it but OMG what a wonderful book for those who are interested in real scientific evidence based facts to charlatans who believes in their imagination or stupid nutritionists, homeopathists I had a lot inspriration from the book and enjoyed the reading very much.I d like to quote The true cost of sth , as the Economist says, is what you give up to get it.So much loss of money, health resources on to get rid of superstitious accusations, belief , bullshitters.The anticamp [...]

    22. Jan-Maat on said:

      A readable romp through the misuse and abuse of health related science in the media The analysis of homeopathy, mrs McKeith and the brain gym seemed like shooting fish in a barrel, but then I remember that people make a lot of money marketing that kind of nonsense.

    23. Ints on said:

      P rkot o gr matu pa u izp ti neveicu, ita, ka t b s k rt j par fiziku un astronomiju T d j atz st, biju nedaudz p rsteigts, ka gaid t s fizikas un astronomijas viet ieraudz ju medic nu Ja t no r ta neb tu pa emta l dzi las anai, tad diez tuv kaj laik vi ai b tu biju as izredzes tapt izlas tai.Autors slikto zin tni apskata no medi a skatu punkta Pamatota kritika tiek velt ta homeop tiem, p rtikas piedevu tirgot jiem, br numz u p rdev jiem, lielo farm cijas komp niju m rketinga strat ij m, viltota [...]

    24. Amanda on said:

      I am so incredibly disappointed by this book I expected a comical look at some of the popular science misconceptions sweeping the world okay, the UK and US Instead, I struggled paragraph by paragraph to not just light the book on fire In terms of content many of the points raised by the author are good, and I think that people need to read and understand how the world around them works esp medicine But the tone of the book the author is a jackass sorry, not sorry He is arrogant and rude and at [...]

    25. Shafaet Ashraf on said:

      , % %, %, , , , if you torture the data , it will confess to anything

    26. Anna J. Shelby ☕ on said:

      Looking for a book that shines a light on the ways media infuences public opinion in matters of homoepathy, fish oil, antioxidants and the likes Here it is Topped with some suggestions how to approach scientific studies, papers and flawed reviews of those Minus two starts for the condescending tone and the overload on examples.

    27. Carly on said:

      I spend a lot of time talking to people who disagree with me I would go so far as to say that it s my favourite leisure activity I m an avid fan of More or Less, the popular statistics radio programme on BBC Radio, and I always enjoy Ben Goldacre s appearances on the show At one point, I remember Tim Hartford introducing him as something like the perennially angry Guardian columnist, to which Goldacre responded, I am not perennially angry or similar He got quite heated about it, much to everyone [...]

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