Battling Bad Science

Friday, May 02, 2014

Transcript

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.

Guests:

Ben Goldacre

Comments [2]

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:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03c4htj
(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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