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2.0 out of 5 stars Science?, 20 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Stefan Gates on E Numbers (Paperback)
Stefan Gates has a degree in ENGLISH. He should stick to his expert area and not get involved in scientific issues. He says that anyone can call themselves a nutritionist even without qualifications, which is sadly true, but then he goes on to 'pretend' that he is an expert in nutrition by writing a book about food additives (even claiming that margarines can be good for you along the way)and making TV programmes about food. I find it scary!
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Initial post: 5 Nov 2011, 20:11:54 GMT
"He should stick to his expert area and not get involved in scientific issues."

Why not? Are you suggesting only scientists are allowed to have an interest in, or knowledge of, science?

"then he goes on to 'pretend' that he is an expert in nutrition by writing a book about food additives"

In what way is he 'pretending'? Does he state he is an expert at any point? Does he claim to be a nutritionist, or to have a scientific degree?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2014, 19:49:58 GMT
Eva says:
Yes, anyone can have an interest in anything they wish, but they do not need to write a book about it, do they?
He is 'pretending' to be an expert, because he wrote a book about a scientific subject, which is controversial even amongst educated experts.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2014, 18:54:21 GMT
It's not a question of "need", surely, but a question of want. If this is something he feels strongly about then he is entitled to have his say on it. You don't have to read it or believe it.

And writing a book doesn't mean you have pretended to anything. Unless he actually says somewhere "I am an expert in nutrition" then he has pretended to nothing. Journalists write books about scientific subjects all the time. Gary Taubes is only a journalist, I believe, and yet he has written highly esteemed and very soundly researched books on nutrition.

Your attitude is not only elitist, but short-sighted. Sometimes laymen attacking 'expert' opinion is the only way to shake the scientific establishment up.
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