Bad Science - Ben Goldacre
Sunday, February 17 2013 at 1:00PM
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Yorks Bakery Café
1-3 Newhall Street
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Despite the snow the turn out for the book club was healthy and so we figured we'd have another next month. We've chosen Ben Goldacre's Bad Science, which is probably familiar to most of you. If not, here's a short description from GoodReads.com…
"Full of spleen, this is a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the world of Bad Science. When Dr Ben Goldacre saw someone on daytime TV dipping her feet in an 'Aqua Detox' footbath, releasing her toxins into the water, turning it brown, he thought he'd try the same at home. 'Like some kind of Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General', using his girlfriend's Barbie doll, he gently passed an electrical current through the warm salt water. It turned brown. In his words: 'before my very eyes, the world's first Detox Barbie was sat, with her feet in a pool of brown sludge, purged of a weekend's immorality.' Dr Ben Goldacre is the author of the Bad Science column in the Guardian. His book is about all the 'bad science' we are constantly bombarded with in the media and in advertising. At a time when science is used to prove everything and nothing, everyone has their own 'bad science' moments from the useless pie-chart on the back of cereal packets to the use of the word 'visibly' in cosmetics ads"
We'll be meeting at Yorks Bakery Cafe on Newhall St in the city centre at 1pm to discuss the book, drink something warm and maybe even indulge in some food. Please do come along, even if it has been a while since you read it or don't manage to finish the book (there were several of us last time that didn't).
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