I love Bad Science by Ben Goldacre.
Has anyone read / seen any Randi?
So he addresses stuff like:
The pharmaceutical industry;
How nutritionists are not scientists;
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.
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.
Last edited by Busy-Bee; 26-10-2012 at 06:20.
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