On a similar theme to my post The Science (sic) of Dermatoglyphics; I have been an avid reader of Dr Ben Goldacre’s “Bad Science” blog for a few months now. It is an often angry and consistently hilarious weekly Guardian column that exposes dodgy health experts and bad statistics in the UK press (frighteningly, there seems to be more bad science in the national press than accurate data). Over the years, he has taken on nutrition experts, HIV deniers, and the (surprisingly shifty) vitamin industry. He recently won a libel case brought against him by a German vitamin magnate who denounced AIDS drugs in South Africa and persuaded many to use (his company’s) vitamins instead.

 

The site also contains a link to a small (but growing) section on educational resources. The section starts with a nice explanation for why we should teach good science through debunking bad science;

 

“Torpedoing bad ideas is the perfect way to teach good science because science is, after all, about critically appraising the evidence for a given claim.”

 

(Love the lesson plan and materials for demonstrating the placebo effect to a class using decaffeinated Coca Cola and a series of alertness tests)

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