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Ben goldacre is the best selling author of bad science and whose video was watched over 2 million times on ted talks. This work is licenced under the creative commons attributionnoncommercialno derivative works 3. Posted on february 8, 2011 updated on february 10, 2011. Theres a chapter in his new book titled how the media promote the public misunderstanding of science in which goldacre claims to have debunked more than. Ben goldacre, saturday 28 november 2009, the guardian this week the parliamentary science and technology select committee looked into the evidence behind the mhras decision to allow homeopathy sugar pill labels to make medical claims without evidence of efficacy, and the funding of homeopathy on the nhs. This cited by count includes citations to the following articles in scholar. Read bad science, by ben goldacre online on bookmate ben goldacres wise and witty bestseller, shortlisted for the samuel johnson prize, lifts the lid on quack doctors, flaky statistics, scaremong. Quacks, hacks, and big pharma flacks and over one million other books are available for amazon kindle. Full of spleen, ben goldacre takes the reader on a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the world of bad science. Goldacre is here to teach you how to evaluate placebo effects, doubleblind studies, and sample sizes, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. Dec 07, 2008 ben goldacre is a doctor, writer, broadcaster and academic who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims from drug companies, newspapers, government reports, pr people and quacks. This site is rather slow and lagsbehaves jerky on my pc.
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