Dr. Ben Goldacre: TED: How To Spot Bad Science

Submitted by: CrakrJak 5 years ago in Science

Goldacre explains about misuse of popular research that makes bold claims.
There are 23 comments:
Male 506
Surprisingly good talk. Thanks for the link.
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Male 1,737
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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Male 2,860
I love this guy, it`s well worth subscribing to his blog.
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Male 7,123
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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Male 17,512
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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Male 215
@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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Male 25,416
Manipulate the stats to get the desired effect
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Male 483
This was great. The guy is very interesting and informative. GJ, Crakr
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Male 2,790
that`s what she said
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Male 688
HE WON`T SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Male 3,482
[quote]A full disclosure rule on research would go a long way toward proving efficacy of future drugs,[/quote]
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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Male 17,512
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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Female 2,674
Love this guy!
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Male 10,440
Crackr posted a TED video? Whaaaaa? That is messed up.
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Male 283
TED TALKS ROCK! www.ted.com
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Male 290
@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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Male 17,512
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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Female 64
Score one for logic, bitches.
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Male 3,482
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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Male 768
I hate that most TED videos are either sync`d wrong or have a bad fps :/
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Male 17
cheers for the link CrakrJak, I can not believe that pharmaceuticals get away with that...
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Male 266
Lol, a creationist posts a video on how to spot bad science The irony!
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Male 17,512
Link: Dr. Ben Goldacre: TED: How To Spot Bad Science [Rate Link] - Goldacre explains about misuse of popular research that makes bold claims.
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