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Date: 10/15/11 08:06 AM

23 Responses to Dr. Ben Goldacre: TED: How To Spot Bad Science

  1. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    October 15, 2011 at 8:09 am
    Link: Dr. Ben Goldacre: TED: How To Spot Bad Science - Goldacre explains about misuse of popular research that makes bold claims.
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    yoda141 Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2011 at 8:30 am
    Lol, a creationist posts a video on how to spot bad science The irony!
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    Tretarn Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2011 at 8:32 am
    cheers for the link CrakrJak, I can not believe that pharmaceuticals get away with that...
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    dude21862004 Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2011 at 8:44 am
    I hate that most TED videos are either sync`d wrong or have a bad fps :/
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2011 at 8:44 am
    I knew what epidemiology is!

    And if you take nothing else away from this video, then take this point:

    Pharmaceutical companies working for profit are out to f*ck us over. They don`t care about your health. If their products actually made you healthier, they wouldn`t profit because you wouldn`t need them.

    And that`s capitalism, folks.

    (Yes, I did just turn this into a debate about how capitalism in health care DOES NOT WORK.)
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    ShroomGypsy Female 18-29
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    October 15, 2011 at 8:45 am
    Score one for logic, bitches.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    October 15, 2011 at 9:01 am
    Altaru: A full disclosure rule on research would go a long way toward proving efficacy of future drugs, but your anti-capitalism junk is really off-topic.

    A bad drug can be made in a socialist country just as easily as in a capitalist one.
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    Monosandalos Male 30-39
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    October 15, 2011 at 9:17 am
    @CrakrJak: Staying off topic for a minute, I don`t think any truly socialist countries exist that have pharmaceutical companies in them.
    Furthermore, even if a pharmaceutical company is in a socialist country, it is still a company and the balance sheet is what makes the difference at the end of the day.
    The only thing I can think of that can play a major role is the legislation that exists in the country that company is in, and how well that legislation is enforced.
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    sunday_scour Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2011 at 9:20 am
    TED TALKS ROCK! www.ted.com
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2011 at 9:23 am
    Crackr posted a TED video? Whaaaaa? That is messed up.
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
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    October 15, 2011 at 9:24 am
    Love this guy!
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    October 15, 2011 at 9:28 am
    LazyMe: If you think that`s messed up, I had to defend Obama, a few days ago, against a charge from madest wanting him impeached over killing Anwar Awalaki. hehehehe.
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2011 at 9:39 am
    A full disclosure rule on research would go a long way toward proving efficacy of future drugs,
    And who would legislate and enforce the rule?

    And wouldn`t that rule just be another form of regulation that would get in the way of profits?

    After all, citizen groups have proven highly ineffective when it comes to forcing the truth out of companies, if the example mentioned in this video is anything to go by.

    But of course, in your rose tinted glasses towards the absolute free market, everything works out perfectly because the people organize against bad companies. After all, it worked out so well before the Pure Food and Drug Act...

    Face it. It`s more profitable to f*ck us over, so why would they change? And it`s not like we have a choice most of the time, if it`s more profitable then high money says they`re all doing it. Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Profit More Off You.
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    Klamz Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2011 at 9:42 am
    HE WON`T SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    cyborg Male 13-17
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    October 15, 2011 at 9:45 am
    that`s what she said
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    IrishJesus Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    This was great. The guy is very interesting and informative. GJ, Crakr
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    October 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm
    Manipulate the stats to get the desired effect
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    Qwertyuiop95 Male 18-29
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    October 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm
    @Klamz Welcome to TED. When you have a time limit you have to keep talking. There`s no breaks on presentations of this type.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    October 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    Altaru: The FDA would enforce the rule and it`s always easier to tell the truth than manufacture a lie. The rule would have a clause that if said pharmaceutical company didn`t release all it`s research information they`d loose their patent rights. I believe that would make sure compliance was 100%, because no company would risk loosing their patent to cover up negative results.

    Seriously though, your anti-capitalist rants are getting more and more shrill, not all regulation is bad regulation.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    October 16, 2011 at 8:43 am
    Ben is a little dynamo of good sense and good science. Or, as he used to say on his profile, `a genuine drat-off ninja scientist.`
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    Vimto Male 40-49
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    October 17, 2011 at 5:45 am
    I love this guy, it`s well worth subscribing to his blog.
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    EgalM Male 30-39
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    October 17, 2011 at 8:37 am
    Yet there are people who would call this guy a conspiracy nut, solely because they refuse to admit that they are wrong in any way.

    Excellent piece, well done, and definitely needed to be said.
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    Ruffiana Male 30-39
    506 posts
    October 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm
    Surprisingly good talk. Thanks for the link.

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