Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

Bad Science

By Ben Goldacre

  • Release Date: 2010-10-12
  • Genre: Essays
Score: 4
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Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got approved in the first place? How can average readers, who aren't medical doctors or Ph.D.s in biochemistry, tell what they should be paying attention to and what's, well, just more b******t?

Ben Goldacre has made a point of exposing quack doctors and nutritionists, bogus credentialing programs, and biased scientific studies. He has also taken the media to task for its willingness to throw facts and proof out the window. But he's not here just to tell you what's wrong. Goldacre is here to teach you how to evaluate placebo effects, double-blind studies, and sample sizes, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. You're about to feel a whole lot better.


  • Highly enjoyable and entertaining

    By Mouseykins01
    Check out the author's TED talk to get a flavor for the subject matter and his style of delivery. You will learn something, most probably a great many things, and have a blast in doing so.