Ben Goldacre

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Ben Goldacre is one of the most prominent science writers in the U.K., whose weekly “Bad Science” column in the Guardian and corresponding online blog focus on unpicking the evidence behind misleading claims from journalists, the pharmaceutical industry, alternative therapists, and government reports. His book Bad Science has sold more than a quarter of a million copies. It reached number one in the paperback nonfiction charts and has been published in 20 countries. He has won numerous awards, including “Best Freelancer” at the Medical Journalists Awards 2006, the HealthWatch Award in 2006, “Best Feature’” at the British Science Writers Awards in 2003 and 2005, and the Royal Statistical Society’s first Award For Statistical Excellence in Journalism. Goldacre has given about 150 lectures in various schools and universities over the past couple of years. He works full-time as a doctor, with occasional forays into academia and medical student teaching.
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This week in PopTech: Bad science, DNA sequencing and the Toaster Project's Colbert Report debut

This week in PopTech: Bad science, DNA sequencing and the Toaster Project's Colbert Report debut

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

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This week in PopTech: Doctors, protesters and monkeys

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Goldacre, Smith, and Abramson school us on science fails, short form storytelling and conflict resolution

As we head into the new year, we’ve just released talks from a motley assortment of folks who spoke at PopTech in 2010. Although they cover an array of topics from science to storytelling to conflict resolution, the talks’ overarching theme centers on a willingness to tilt our heads, squint our eyes, and reframe our assumptions about the way we engage in the world.

In his rapid

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Ben Goldacre: Bad Science

Ben Goldacre: Bad Science

Ben Goldacre is a fast talker. He has to be. He has so many examples of bad science to share.

Goldacre is a British physician and author of the weekly”Bad Science” column in the Guardian as well as of Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks. He takes on an impressive range of “enemies of reason,” a list that includes sloppy

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