Battling Bad Science

Friday, May 02, 2014


Stories about new innovations in health appear almost daily in the media, but the claims are frequently overblown, misleading, or completely false. In a TED talk from July, 2011, journalist Ben Goldacre talks about how to spot and avoid bad science.


Ben Goldacre

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Francisco from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

People may be interested in a piece to tell whether a science story is likely to be true or not:
(from about 22:00)

May. 07 2014 02:54 PM
Ruth Gyure from Larchmont, NY

The show tonight on Battling Bad Science was some of the best radio I have ever enjoyed..and NPR has graced me with hundreds of hours or more (likely much more!) over the course of my life. I am a scientist, married to a medical researcher and we have discussed these topics many times. i mainly teach and always emphasize the pitfalls of shoddy science with my students and mentees. The Wakefield debacle resonates strongly since so many still believe in the autism /vaccine myth..not only did the man cost lives directly but he spawned an entire new generation of vaccine fact denial. I also have already shared Beall's list with my colleagues. as an editor for an open access journal, the bogus ones are especially troubling to me. I also get those emails regularly soliciting manuscripts. In one little hour I was educated, enlightened, delighted, entertained and my mind was hugely expanded in a way that made me want to tell lots of other people too. Have shared the broadcast link. I wanted to thank your producers for this great show. Sorry, it's late and I could proofread this more but thought best to just send!

May. 02 2014 10:36 PM

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