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| 10-09-2010 17:21Bad Science

Ben Goldacre (2004)
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This isn't a psychology book, but it's just great fun to read and has a lot to say about how science should be done and how it should be presented in the media. Goldacre goes through a lot of examples to explain how to interpret real science, how people actually read it, how that is abused by cranks and big pharma and how this affects news stories written by journalists how don't have a clue about science. The interesting thing being: would journalists consider it OK if the sports pages were written by journalists how don't have a clue about sports? If not, then why does this not apply to science?

Here are two cartoons illustrating this.

Interestingly, he does not consider the mistakes themselves the worst thing about this, rather the false image of science it evokes in readers from a non-science background (most people). He even posits that this is the main reason for people to distrust science in general. For me this means I should write more about science on my blog.

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