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Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash Hardcover – Jan 13 2015
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“[Caulfield] thinks with an academic’s rigor and precision and knows the health maintenance territory inside out.” - The New York Times
“Caulfield’s cure for the mess we’re in is this lucid and well-researched compendium of the best-available science about diet, fitness, genetics, pharmaceuticals and alternative medicine. . . . A compelling and timely argument for science and a reminder that science is an iterative process, breakthroughs are rare, and there are no magical cures for everything.” - Julia Belluz, The National Post
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 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. He contributes often to popular media. He lives and works out vigorously and often in Edmonton.
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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.Read more ›
I will enthusiastically recommend this book to my circle of family and friends. Get it, you won't regret it!
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A smoothly written refusal to accept the BS of celebrity "science". Very nice read, and backed up by many pages of references. Would recommend.Published 16 months ago by B