Bad Science

Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

Author: Ben Goldacre

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429967099

Category: Science

Page: 304

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Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got approved in the first place? How can average readers, who aren't medical doctors or Ph.D.s in biochemistry, tell what they should be paying attention to and what's, well, just more bullshit? Ben Goldacre has made a point of exposing quack doctors and nutritionists, bogus credentialing programs, and biased scientific studies. He has also taken the media to task for its willingness to throw facts and proof out the window. But he's not here just to tell you what's wrong. Goldacre is here to teach you how to evaluate placebo effects, double-blind studies, and sample sizes, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. You're about to feel a whole lot better.
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Bad science

the short life and weird times of cold fusion

Author: Gary Taubes

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 503

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A science journalist brings to life one of the greatest scientific frauds of our times with the story of the two obscure researchers who claimed to have discovered a clean, no-fuss method for harnessing the energy of a hydrogen bomb. 20,000 first printing.
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The Bad Science and Bad Policy of Obama's Global Warming Agenda

Author: Roy W. Spencer

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458730433

Category:

Page: 38

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As the U.N. moves closer to a new global warming treaty, it is time to examine the calls for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The health and welfare of humanity has benefited from access to fossil fuels, and any drastic move to limit that access must have extraordinary evidence to support it. While alternative energy technologies will increasingly be relied upon in the face of dwindling fossil fuel supplies, leading climate researcher Dr. Roy W. Spencer argues that the free market is the best mechanism for solving the problem. In addition, Dr. Spencer addresses the new science that suggests that our modern fears of anthropogenic global warming might well be unfounded, because the climate system itself might be responsible for causing what is now known as '' climate change. ''
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Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience, and Just Plain Bunk

How to Tell the Difference

Author: Peter Daempfle

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 144221726X

Category: Education

Page: 264

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We are constantly bombarded with breaking scientific news in the media, but we are almost never provided with enough information to assess the truth of these claims. This book teaches readers how to think like a scientist to question claims like these more critically.
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Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder: How Bad Science and Good Public Relations Created the Diagnosis

How Bad Science and Good Public Relations Created the Diagnosis

Author: Stuart L Kaplan M.D.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313381356

Category: Psychology

Page: 184

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An eminent child psychiatrist provides an insider's, whistle-blowing perspective on the promotion of a diagnostic entity that does not exist. • Arresting case histories • A reference section
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Rethinking Psychology

Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience

Author: Brian Hughes

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137303956

Category: Science

Page: 296

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Balancing readability with intellectual rigour, this is an essential guide to the complex relationship between psychology, science, and pseudoscience. Unique in its focus on the philosophy of science within psychology, it critiques controversial practices and challenges the biases which threaten academic rigour within the field.
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Mad in America

Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill

Author: Robert Whitaker

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1541646398

Category: Psychology

Page: 384

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An updated edition of the classic history of schizophrenia in America, which gives voice to generations of patients who suffered through "cures" that only deepened their suffering and impaired their hope of recovery Schizophrenics in the United States currently fare worse than patients in the world's poorest countries. In Mad in America, medical journalist Robert Whitaker argues that modern treatments for the severely mentally ill are just old medicine in new bottles, and that we as a society are deeply deluded about their efficacy. The widespread use of lobotomies in the 1920s and 1930s gave way in the 1950s to electroshock and a wave of new drugs. In what is perhaps Whitaker's most damning revelation, Mad in America examines how drug companies in the 1980s and 1990s skewed their studies to prove that new antipsychotic drugs were more effective than the old, while keeping patients in the dark about dangerous side effects. A haunting, deeply compassionate book-updated with a new introduction and prologue bringing in the latest medical treatments and trends-Mad in America raises important questions about our obligations to the mad, the meaning of "insanity," and what we value most about the human mind.
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Horrible Science: Frightful Flight

Author: Nick Arnold

Publisher: Scholastic UK

ISBN: 1407146300

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 208

View: 1994

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Frightful Flight is stuffed with hair-raising heights and mind-blowing facts about flying! Learn how to see the earth's shadow, build a flying saucer, and how, after centuries of fearsome flight flops, people have finally taken to the skies. Redesigned in a bold, funky new look for the next generation of Horrible Science fans.
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