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    Quote Originally Posted by pegasus View Post
    I love the pie graph I was shown in high school, the sections were:
    What we know we know (the smallest section)
    What we don't know we know
    What we know we don't know
    What we don't know we don't know (the largest section)

    I still love the idea that there's so much out there to be learned as it's the stuff I don't know that I don't know.
    I think there should also be a section for "what we think we know but we don't know".

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    I love Bad Science by Ben Goldacre.

    Has anyone read / seen any Randi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girl X View Post
    I love Bad Science by Ben Goldacre.

    Has anyone read / seen any Randi?
    What's Bad Science about?
    I've seen a bit of Randi on you tube but that's it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Bec~ View Post
    What's Bad Science about?
    I've seen a bit of Randi on you tube but that's it.
    It looks at all the ways in which science is misused and misreported, and how things that are scientifically flawed can become popular 'knowledge'.

    So he addresses stuff like:

    The pharmaceutical industry;
    Homeopathy;
    How nutritionists are not scientists;
    Dodgy stats;
    The placebo effect;
    Why clever people believe dodgy science, etc.

    It's quite funny, and written in a very entertaining way. He's just brought out a new book about the pharmaceutical industry which I'm keen to read too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girl X View Post
    It looks at all the ways in which science is misused and misreported, and how things that are scientifically flawed can become popular 'knowledge'.

    So he addresses stuff like:

    The pharmaceutical industry;
    Homeopathy;
    How nutritionists are not scientists;
    Dodgy stats;
    The placebo effect;
    Why clever people believe dodgy science, etc.

    It's quite funny, and written in a very entertaining way. He's just brought out a new book about the pharmaceutical industry which I'm keen to read too.
    Sounds interesting although the more I read about homeopathy the angrier I get. DF and I have joked that it would be funny and interesting to strap a blood pressure unit to him and start talking about homeopathy and see what happens. (He's a chemist) I find it staggering and sad that it's given such credit.

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    I just went to read the news and found this!
    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/hea...-1226491738872
    *face palm*

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Bec~ View Post
    I just went to read the news and found this!
    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/hea...-1226491738872
    *face palm*
    All I can say to that Bec is OMG!!!!!!

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    ..for all my fellow skeptics!!


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjyGeDKhEoM


    ..funny

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    I finished reading 50 Things. I didn't think it was terribly good. It's somewhat self indulgent of the author as he often talks about how he used to believe something but now isn't so silly and you too can be as clever as him which kind of grated on me. It was interested to read about what really happened as Roswell though. (If anyone's interested they'll have to read the book 'cos I aint telling )

    I don't know if this comes under the 'skeptics' theme but I've started reading "The Caged Virgin" which is a critical look at the subjugation of women within the Islamic faith. It's a real eye opener and I'd love to have a discussion with some Muslim women on their thoughts about what the author says. The author makes no bones on saying that because of the basic philosophies of the Muslim religion it restricts social and personal development to the point where Muslim countries are backward. I find it frightening to read that it is a common belief that a family's worthiness is based on the virtuousness of the women in the family.

    Quote Originally Posted by Girl X View Post
    It looks at all the ways in which science is misused and misreported, and how things that are scientifically flawed can become popular 'knowledge'.

    So he addresses stuff like:

    The pharmaceutical industry;
    Homeopathy;
    How nutritionists are not scientists;
    Dodgy stats;
    The placebo effect;
    Why clever people believe dodgy science, etc.
    Just off to the book depository now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Bec~ View Post
    I just went to read the news and found this!
    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/hea...-1226491738872
    *face palm*
    Oh my! This rubbish make my blood boil! It's so illogical, nothing but con artists!


 

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