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Bad Science by [Goldacre, Ben]
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You'll laugh your head off and then throw all those expensive health foods in the bin. --The Observer Book of the Year

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`It is an important book and if you were to pick up just one non-fiction book this year you'd do well to make it this one.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2120 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (7 Dec. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007283199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007283194
  • ASIN: B002RI9ORI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 843 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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Although it's been around for many years now, and Ben Goldacre's high profile makes much of the content feel familiar even to new readers, Bad Science is still well worth a read - not only for his extremely entertaining style but also the very practical details about how to understand science (mis)reporting in the media. The main targets of Goldacre's well-directed ire will be be already familiar if you have read some of his work elsewhere, but these details means it is still a very useful, as well as fun, read.
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A very stimulating book. I had just finished an online Edx course "Think101x The Science of Everyday Thinking" which taught critical thinking, before this purchase, and this really meshed with Ben Goldacre's book. It was interesting to see a number of the concepts e.g. Regression to the Mean coming alive. I shall definitely be spending time on his web site and following up some of his references.
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Excellent book, recommended to heath conscious individuals. Opens your eyes about the "Pharmaceutical Lobby" business.
Gives useful advice about harmful medicines. Highly recommended.
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Sometimes interesting, sometimes not.. nothing spectacular..
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excellent book - should be compulsory reading for all sixth form students, to help them leave school with at least an appreciation of analytical, logical techniques
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Essential reading for anyone that's ever been reeled in by bad science myths or pop-science bullsh1t 😊 Makes you ask questions and look at the facts...
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Debunking popular ideas around moisturizing creams, omega 3, antioxidants, vitamin pills, MMR jabs, MRSA, and Gillian Mckeith. An interesting read.
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