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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (Jan. 5 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143189034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143189039
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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   • "Funny and fascinating .... Entertaining." --New Scientist 

   • "The book has a provocative thesis ... but Caulfield is no scaremonger. His writing is nuanced and thoughtful." --Edmonton Journal

About the Author

TIMOTHY CAULFIELD is a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health as well as research director of the Health Law and Science Policy Group at the University of Alberta. In recent years he has led and collaborated on a number of research projects having to do with the social challenges associated with genomic technologies, stem cell research and the application of ethics in health sciences. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He has also been involved with a number of national and international policy and research ethics committees, including the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, Genome Canada's Science Advisory Committee and the Federal Panel on Research Ethics. Caulfield is a frequent speaker at academic and public gatherings and contributes often to popular media. Online: https://twitter.com/caulfieldtim


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So you want to be a star. You have what it takes to be a household name. With hard work and dedication you know you can make it to the top where untold fame, fortune and unbridled happiness awaits. If you’re sure you want to leave your day job to realize your destiny, do yourself a favor and read this book. If you have a child who has real talent and dedication and who is ready to quit school to become a star, then read this book together.

On its surface, this book looks like a light-hearted attempt to knock celebrities off their lofty pedestals. Indeed, Professor Caulfield seems pretty indiscriminate on which celebrities he chooses to mock. If nothing else, he is guaranteed to ruffle some finely preened feathers. However, there is more to this book. Much more. This is a book about how celebrity culture shapes our lives, often with warped messages. Professor Caulfield navigates this surprisingly complicated topic through two main themes.

The first theme is about the warped advice that celebrities casually dole out to their adorning public. In a provocative, humorous and self-effacing style, Professor Caulfield systematically challenges their authority to do so. Backed by an abundance of data and empirical evidence, Professor Caulfield convincingly argues that celebrities may be steering their fans down pointless (and sometime dangerous) paths.

The second theme takes on the prevalent warped perception that with enough talent and dedication celebrity status can be attained by anyone and that a long, prosperous and healthy life will inevitably follow. It would be easy to dismiss Professor Caulfield as a dream crusher; however, if you delve deeper you’ll see that he has a surprisingly philosophical message to deliver.
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Did you ever wonder when you passed 'those' magazines at the checkout whether a celebrity endorsed health trend may have just a kernel of truth? Did you ever say to yourself "why is Kim K famous"? Look no further, this book will help you put the celebrity culture phenomenon into perspective. An interesting combination of a reflective and well informed booked that is also a good summer beach read.
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Caulfield explains why celebrity culture has such power and influence over so many people. He shows how it shapes perception and behaviour and when it comes to health and beauty, how so much of the advice has no basis in science and it likely a complete waste of money and in some instances, is potentially harmful. Lots of science is referenced to back up his claims and lots of personal anecdotes are injected to lighten the tone. Definitely worth a read!
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Dr. Caulfield certainly hit on a topic of our time, using evidence and engaging stories to get me informed, keep me entertained and engaged. I mulled over how this celebrity culture we live in has affected my life and extended family and I must say it has in spades. I think the term “American Dream” is now out of sync and it should be referred to the “American Illusion”…

I will enthusiastically recommend this book to my circle of family and friends. Get it, you won't regret it!
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Caulfield is an engaging, entertaining and informative writer. I enjoyed this book even more than his first!
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Timothy Caulfield shows how Celebrity can unduly influence thoughts and actions. He reminds us, just because they say it is, or do it, it 's not necessarily so. Not only diets or the lastest thigh master, but celebrity opinions on the environment, politics and others. Faith in guru diets and worshiping celebrity opinions and lifestylesn needs to be questioned by all, young and old. Pursuit and blind faith in celebrity "solutions" can only lead to dissapointment in oneself by holding up an impossible and untrue standard and further fosters ignorance of scientific fact and logical thought. Rarely does any "guru" have even the slightest empirical evidence and what is provided as "evidence" is anecdotal at best. Stop when you are being led down that familiar garden path, seek contrary opinions to the assumed truth of celebrity claims, and seek those based in fact and science. Caulfield reminds us what everyone's mom said: eat your veggies, get some exercise and everything in moderation.
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