13 January 2013
I finished Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre. Not sure why I am on such a science non-fiction kick. I do know that I originally requested the book because Ana over at things mean a lot mentioned either the author or the book or both. It is an amazing, well written book. It isn't just about science denial; it actually teaches the reader about the scientific method. He starts with explaining how those "detox" spas work and showing you how, if you don't believe him, you can test for yourself. He moves on to homeopathy, nutritionists (the ones who sell people on olive oil or pomegranates or megadoses of vitamins, not the ones that teach diabetic people how to change their diets), and the MMR antivaccination crowd. There's a whole chapter about the placebo effect that is fascinating. I will say that much of it is at a rather basic level. I learned things and would say that someone who is less interested in medicine and science would learn a bit more. I kinda want to buy it in bulk and pass it out to people. Is it too late to get this on the World Book Night list? a 7 and you really really should read it.