I Think You'll Find it's a Bit More Complicated Than That

I Think You ll Find it s a Bit More Complicated Than That The very best journalism from one of Britain s most admired and outspoken science writers author of the bestselling Bad Science and Bad Pharma In Bad Science Ben Goldacre hilariously exposed the tr

  • Title: I Think You'll Find it's a Bit More Complicated Than That
  • Author: Ben Goldacre
  • ISBN: 9780007462483
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback
  • The very best journalism from one of Britain s most admired and outspoken science writers, author of the bestselling Bad Science and Bad Pharma In Bad Science , Ben Goldacre hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science In Bad Pharma , he put the 600 billion global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope Now the pick of the joThe very best journalism from one of Britain s most admired and outspoken science writers, author of the bestselling Bad Science and Bad Pharma In Bad Science , Ben Goldacre hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science In Bad Pharma , he put the 600 billion global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope Now the pick of the journalism by one of our wittiest, most indignant and most fearless commentators on the worlds of medicine and science is collected in one volume.

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    1. This book was so variable. There were chapters that were really hard-hitting, naming names - which companies are ripping you off, which doctors are just publicising stuff for the money, exposing the scams, the pseudo-science and pouring scorn on the sort of people who if this was politics would be called conspiracy theorists. The sort of people who believe that there is "something" in vaccines causing autism, that really you need to drink 8 glasses of water a day (this was a marketing campaign f [...]

    2. A marvellous book. I am new to Ben Goldacre's writings, which is both a good and a bad thing - good because I was unfamiliar with all the articles reproduced in this book from his journalism in The Guardian, and bad because it took me a while to understand the issues he was writing about. But I did get into them after a while, and the book progressed into an eye-opening and exciting read. He is also a very funny writer, which gave a nice leavening to the serious subjects he was writing about.Bas [...]

    3. I was somewhat unnerved when Ben Goldacre's latest arrived in the post. I generally love his work, but this is a positive doorstep of a book at 474 pages, so I recoiled a little - but I shouldn't have worried, because as always it's readable, entertaining and enlightening. I got through the whole thing in two days, admittedly helped by spending six hours reading it on two train journeys, which, as a result, flew by.What we have a selection of Goldacre's writing on bad science and the like since [...]

    4. Collection of his most fun articles and fights and academic papers written over 20 years. Science. Explains the critical appraisal process of science. Real scientists accept criticism. Statistic toy book. Study design.No repititions. Lists the contents of book. A lot.1. Drugs, A rock of cracks.Opium raid in Afghanistan by UK troops. Media misinformation. UK minister of defense got it wrong too.2. The least surrogate outcome.Statistics. Drugs related deaths not counted in UK.3. Heroin prescriptio [...]

    5. The very best journalism from one of Britain's most admired and outspoken science writers, author of the bestselling Bad Science and Bad Pharma.Have I heard of Ben Goldacre? I think so. Have I ever read his articles? Somehow, I haven't. Do I enjoy someone picking apart falsehoods in reporting and research? You betcha. So this collection was ridiculously enjoyable.My background is journalism, and I have a lot of fundamental problems with misreporting of stuff. I've even boycotted the news after y [...]

    6. I bought this book because the name is awesome, and because it sounded good. And while the idea behind it is great, and I did chuckle a few times, I feel like Goldacre's writing style is slightly annoying. He seems like one of those funny-but-only-in-small-doses kind of people, and even though I read this book in very small doses (like one or two columns per day, sometimes not even that), I still felt like there is too much repetition in this book. Probably would not feel like it if you'd actual [...]

    7. Subtract about a star if you regularly read his Bad Science column, because most of the book came from there. I don't get the Guardian, and only occasionally read his blog, so this wasn't a problem for me. On the other hand, if you've read the book Bad Science, there's quite a lot of stuff in the same sort of themes - I'd probably suggest reading that first.But it's got all the favourite characters (McKeith, the daily mail, MMR, brain gym). Maybe the short-form pieces don't have the same impact, [...]

    8. Read this, and at least be less susceptible to stupidity. Ben Goldacre is a critic of bad science and quackery. The book is compilation of his column writings on The Guardian, and hence makes "snackable" content you can start and finish at your convenience. Very good anecdotes to understand the dangers of media sensationalism that creates fear based on irresponsible science or pseudoscience. Like "vaccine causes autism" nonsense. Along the way you will learn about scientific methods and why evid [...]

    9. Ben calls this his 'toilet book' or a collection of his 'best fights' it's pretty funny in a 'gosh I probably fall for this nonsense all the time' type way. However, it really does opens your eyes to some of the under researched and misleading health-related stories that the media churn out, and the implications these sensationalist headlines can have on public health If you haven't read Ben's books before, check out his first, Bad Science. Or follow him at badscience

    10. Ótimos textos variados sobre ciência e pseudo-ciência com a dose certa de explicação e sarcasmo. Me trouxe para o mundo do ensino baseado em evidências além de tudo, o que é fantástico.

    11. Collecting pieces not already cannibalised in the essential Bad Science, much of this will be familiar to devoted readers of Goldacre's Guardian column, though it also takes in everything from pieces for the FT and medical journals to a brochure for a miniature railway and an undergraduate essay, regarding whose style Goldacre now professes a degree of embarrassment. While it's certainly not as fluent as the more recent pieces, it's still peppered with the sort of bombshells we've subsequently c [...]

    12. Enjoyable book with some excellent writing. But the fact that it's basically a collection of posts from the Guardian - many of them, confusingly, out of chronological order - makes it a bit less satisfactory. It's certainly an easy read, for the most part, because you know your brain isn't going to be frazzled when the piece is only 700 words long. But the fact that the columns haven't been edited in any way is a bit disconcerting: we get the same information several times, and after a while, th [...]

    13. I was a bit disappointed to see that Ben Goldacre's new book was just a collection of his mostly previously published writing - the majority of the book is made up of his Bad Science columns from the Guardian, and you can read a lot of that on his website (which I would recommend as a way to while away an idle afternoon). I was really hoping to see Goldacre get his teeth into subjects a bit more than he gets the chance to do in the length of a newspaper column. The curious thing is that the shor [...]

    14. A collection of Goldacre's articles, the majority from The Guardian. They're usually concerned with "bad science", i.e politicians who abuse statistics in order to support their leanings, quacks who're abusing stats to peddle their wares, (tabloid) newspapers who are filling their frontpages with exaggeration.Most of these articles are reactions to UK media and politics, so non-British readers may not get as much out of this book as British (I always had this vague notion that British tabloids a [...]

    15. I thought that my statistical literacy and ability to critically examine information was pretty good - but I learnt a lot from this book. I will be able to use this in my own work with data analysis and interpretation to (hopefully) avoid unintentional error.This book highlights many examples, largely in the media. There are examples of intentional misinformation, over-interpretation and errors in methodology. Academics are also put in the spotlight, with errors of the past shown and some that s [...]

    16. Don't be put off by the size; it's really just a compilation of lots of short (2-3 page) articles. A lot of them are brilliant, albeit depressing. I'd expected to see the usual suspects (Daily Mail, Express etc.) but was really disappointed to read about the Observer's contributions to the MMR debacle and the New Scientist's ridiculously naive acceptance of someone who was essentially claiming to have beaten the Turing test. The author's (self-proclaimed) biting humour, which is often well deser [...]

    17. Excellent expose of all the bad science claims we read about in the headlines - Ben Goldacre is a columnist who takes a closer look at the studies behind medical, science, social or political claims. He examines how carefully (or not!) science experiments were conducted and analyzed, usually to find that there were major faults such as low populations, no control groups, inaccurate summaries, bad statistical analysis, selective studies, and all the other errors that cause bad science to happen a [...]

    18. I loathe to give anything by Ben Goldacre less than full praise. His writing is as important as it is engaging. But as a book this compendium of his articles becomes, after a while, a bleak trudge through a field of quacks, ill informed journalists, manipulated politicians and religious zealots. I know Dr. Goldacre's job is to call our the bullsh*tters. But 3 chapters in and I was pining for recollections of journalists and scientists that got it right. More Archie Cochranes for example. This, I [...]

    19. As was promised, I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me how much I love Ben Goldacre's writing style. I enjoyed some sections more than others (a few of the essays made me laugh out loud), but as a collection it worked really well. Would recommend!(Yes I started reading this in April and it's taken me until December to finish it, but that isn't a reflection of how much I enjoyed it! It just inadvertently turned out to be a holiday book, for some unknown reason. Thus, it is probably the most [...]

    20. A thought provoking and stimulating collection of articles from about the best de-bunker of twaddle there is. He has a cold eye for the pseudo scientific and for journalistic idiocy in swallowing whole the nonsense perpetrated by the unscrupulous and those who have commercial or religious axes to grind. This (and his previous books) should be the bedside reading for all politicians and journalists as well as the rest of us who need a little help to see through what someone is telling us.

    21. Goldacre deserved a knighthood (which I hope he would not accept) for his self-imposed mission of exposing bad argument and bad methodology in science, medicine, and social policy. After Bad Science and Bad Pharma, this collection (most of which we've read before on his blog) is not so fresh. But its targets remain by turns funny and infuriating. It's also an exceptionally easy read - if only the dickheads would give it the time of day.

    22. This book is quite a hefty thing and requires slow reading because of the detail. It is rather good and if you like poking holes in idiots' theories about appalling science, it's a bit of a giggle. The plethora of those declaring qualifications they don't have, theorising that X is harmful but you just happen to sell the anti X potion, and sheer nuttery.

    23. Great book. I love Ben Goldacre's writing. I love the thoroughness of the research. It's sometimes upsetting to read about all the stupidity/sneakiness that's going on in the world of "science," but it's great that people like Ben Goldacre are bothering to expose this stuff but also teach us along the way.

    24. If you ever read Ben's articles in the Guardian, or Bad Science, you will enjoy revisiting them in this 'Dip into' book. Essays and articles have been collected, with a few 'where are they now' moments. Ben's humorous but 'get it right' look at data, statistics and journalistic reportage of science rings true.

    25. About as you'd expect, really! If you feel like being infuriated by quacks and lazy journalists or reading about Ben Goldacre's love of the scientific method, then this is a good book for you?I got this for Christmas and then heard about it again on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (or RHLSTP) so bumped it up my queue. youtube/watch?v=sv6z2

    26. enjoyable and illuminating examples of bad science and all-round bastardry in politics, journals, psychology and medicine as well as highlighting good practitioners and good practice

    27. Excellent JournalismBen Goldacre's work exposing all sorts of pseudoscience, collected into a handy book, fully referenced, foot noted and indexed with links, all written with the witty style that must so upset chiropractors, homeopathy and all his other targets.

    28. With a passing nod to the title, this is a little bit more than just columns previously in the Guardian. But not that much more, and as I never seem to learn, the style and content of work that suits weekly bursts of 700 words does not make for a good cover to cover read.The counter to that is that you do not have to read it cover to cover. But this is not a dry reference book, or a list of interesting facts. This is writing intended to be entertaining but on a serious topic, and by a good write [...]

    29. This is a collection of Goldacre's columns in the Guardian (British Newspaper), but even if you are a regular reader of his column, this is worth getting so you can re-read them.Goldacre's subject is those who misrepresent science for various reasons: a more exciting newspaper article, profit, ideology or carelessness.The back cover cites The Daily Telegraph as saying ‘This is a book to make you enraged’ and it does exactly that. (There is some irony here as the Telegraph is a frequent targe [...]

    30. This collection of short writing by Ben Goldacre is mostly drawn from his Guardian Column, Bad Science, where he took apart stories in the media that were built on bad science, often repeatedly. I'm really impressed with Goldacre's work and the amount of time and effort he sometimes had to spend to get past obstructive companies (and sometimes journalists), to get to the original research (or contacting the researchers, if it wasn't available) and lay out not only his conclusions in a very reada [...]

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