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Battling Bad Science: a 'must watch' TED talk

Postby Ben » Sat May 18, 2013 11:09 pm

This is an excellent talk by Ben Goldacre on battling bad science and debunking false nutrition and pharmaceutical claims.

http://www.ted.com/talks/ben_goldacre_b ... ience.html
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Re: Battling Bad Science: a 'must watch' TED talk

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sun May 19, 2013 12:06 am

Thanks, Ben. That was a really good one.
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Re: Battling Bad Science: a 'must watch' TED talk

Postby kmath » Sun May 19, 2013 6:07 am

Thanks for posting. Good video

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Re: Battling Bad Science: a 'must watch' TED talk

Postby Kim OHara » Sun May 19, 2013 9:52 am

Thanks, Ben.
I haven't yet come across a TED talk that was less than excellent but this one was also funnier than most.

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Re: Battling Bad Science: a 'must watch' TED talk

Postby Roland » Tue May 21, 2013 2:33 pm

:thanks:
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Re: Battling Bad Science: a 'must watch' TED talk

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue May 21, 2013 4:47 pm

I have to disagree — it was a poor talk. The delivery was too quick, the content was trivial, and the conclusion was inconclusive.
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Re: Battling Bad Science: a 'must watch' TED talk

Postby imagemarie » Tue May 21, 2013 9:41 pm

+1 Bhante.

This was a disappointing talk and offered nothing new. Who needs their "science" delivered as third rate stand-up?
As to conclusions? Nationalise all phamaceutical industry and permit no profit taking. It's an old hat idea that is slow on delivery and always fails to amuse :toilet:

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Re: Battling Bad Science: a 'must watch' TED talk

Postby Modus.Ponens » Tue May 21, 2013 10:51 pm

imagemarie wrote:+1 Bhante.

This was a disappointing talk and offered nothing new. Who needs their "science" delivered as third rate stand-up?
As to conclusions? Nationalise all phamaceutical industry and permit no profit taking. It's an old hat idea that is slow on delivery and always fails to amuse :toilet:

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YES!!!! Why can't people get that into their heads?! Pharmaceutical companies do (many times bogus) research, building on government fund research, which does all the work. 100 000 dollars a year to treat only one person with a specific disease with a daily pill??? It's outrageous that taxpayer's money goes to these people.
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Re: Battling Bad Science: a 'must watch' TED talk

Postby K.Dhamma » Fri May 24, 2013 3:15 pm

I think it's 50/50. Although he makes some very good points, none of the points were really that groundbreaking. I think this information is things that most people should know, but many overlook because they WANT to believe some of this stuff works.

Delivery was wayyy to fast. But I do give him props for effort.
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