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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlatans Beware: How Science Illiteracy Has Infiltrated our Lives, Aug. 6 2013
While it preaches to the choir to a certain extent, many incisive and eye-opening facts are presented in a very engaging manner.

The core message of the book is that the vast majority of what is written and read today about "health" and "diets" and other similar subjects concerning our well-being are in actual fact supported by claims that have utterly vacuous science behind them — if any at all. If you're into homeopathy or any New Age-y methodologies for improving your quality of life, you're in for some rude awakenings.

One subject that is thankfully covered in detail is the complexity of the placebo effect. Because many of the readers of Goldacre's critique will quickly fire back the expected "but they DO work for me!" arguments, he has taken the time to explain what the placebo effect actually is — why it "working" may not mean quite what you expect — and how truly fascinating the science behind it is.

He is also quick to point out that the placebo effect, carefully dressed, is also what has allowed the book's villainous charlatans to mislead and exploit the gullible, the tired, the sick, and the stupid for so long.

As far as a pop-lit critique of modern scientific marketing goes, I consider it required reading. As a scholarly effort, it's not without its problems, but those neither diminish its value nor cloud the integrity of its point.

The world would be a better place if all highschool students had "Bad Science" on their mandatory reading lists.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening and Mercilessly Logical, Nov. 12 2010
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G. Poirier (Orleans, ON, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks (Hardcover)
Despite its rather broad-sounding title, the "bad science" is really science associated with the health, nutrition and medical fields. The author, a physician and strong advocate of evidence-based medicine, guides the reader through what constitutes careful research and diligent analysis and interpretation of results. He points out the many pitfalls that even the most conscientious researchers can unwittingly fall into. But mainly he also discusses various tricks that less than honest researchers - those usually with a vested interest in some specific outcome of the experiments/research (e.g., some alternative medicine practitioners, some pharmaceutical companies, some nutritionists, even some physicians, etc.) - will use to promote their ideologies, products, etc., even when these have been proven worthless by honest, careful researchers. Carl Sagan's view that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" features prominently throughout this book.

This author is not afraid to express his views - especially when sloppy research and/or dishonesty is involved. His prose is quite lively, authoritative, friendly, often witty and fast-paced. Anyone interested in the use and abuse of science should thoroughly enjoy this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Excellent, Oct. 12 2010
This review is from: Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks (Hardcover)
I read this book several years ago, after ordering it from amazon.co.uk, and am very pleased that it's coming to North America. Although many of the examples used will be UK-specific, and thus perhaps unfamiliar to readers, the content remains very pertinent. Science and skepticism are sorely needed everywhere, but most especially in the field of medicine. In this book Dr. Ben Goldacre provides us with a wonderful primer on evaluating claims made in this most important of areas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only Medicine, Nov. 3 2013
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This book is an accurate portrayl of the subject but, in the greater scheme of things, it also reflects the absolute power of the media to influence our thought patterns. It was Joseph Goebbels who said that if a lie is repeated often enough, it will be accepted as the truth.
One only has to look as far as the politics of where ever you are to see the same bad science (unsuitable politicians) elected/appointed on the shaky grounds of excellent advertising.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Art, Good Science, Nov. 13 2010
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Anastasia Prozorova "Prokrida" (Montreal, Canada) - See all my reviews
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I was absolutely thrilled to learn about the medical as well as pseudo-medical practices in this book. "Bad Science" reveals the hidden power of the people to understand science and the importance of sharing this knowledge publicly instead of privatizing it and making money of it. Although at times scientifically challenging, the book gives an insight into the true reasons of poor health such as social inequality. It is really nice to, at last, have an author who treats his readers as equals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read, Jan. 24 2014
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The writing is clever and funny. The author brings effective points and relevant examples to illustrate his statements.

I guess it's all common sense for most PhDs, but this book is obviously aimed to the "average person", or simply people who don't know much about statistics.

Very good read, it strengthens your judgment.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, Jan. 14 2011
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You can skip some chapters if you have some understanding of the scientific method but either way this book is an easy read and a worthwhile one too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scathing and entertaining? I want more!, Jan. 7 2011
This review is from: Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks (Hardcover)
Bad Science is one of the most entertaining books I've read. The fact that it's also informative and fascinating is a bonus. Go. Now. Read this book.
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