An evening with Dr Ben Goldacre
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September 22-25 in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney
A graduate of Oxford University, a licensed physician, and eminent
researcher and academic, Dr Ben Goldacre describes ‘bad science’ simply
as “…when people make claims which they assert are scientific, but when
you look at the evidence, it doesn’t support the claims that they’ve
made.” Helming this dissemination of factoids, Goldacre says, is
sensationalistic mainstream media, crooked corporations, and some
individualistic, less-than-reliable ‘researchers’.
Though he has enjoyed a well-endowed career as a physician, researcher
and academic, this has not safeguarded any of these occupations from
coming under Goldacre’s scrutiny. Blending comedy and criticism,
Goldacre wrote the heralded ‘Bad Science’ weekly column for The Guardian
between 2003 and 2011, during which he published his award-winning
bestseller Bad Science in 2008, targeting peddlers of alternative
medicine with no credible scientific backings. His follow-up book placed
the same counterfeits of the corporate world into Goldacre’s
crosshairs, with Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm
Patients (2012). His work has not only been acclaimed by critics, but
by fellow researchers and academics for his approach to endowing the
public with skills in rational thinking.
Think Inc. – the folks behind the Australian tours of Dr Neil deGrasse
Tyson, Sam Harris & Maajid Nawaz, The ‘Amazing’ James Randi, Dr
Brian Greene, Steve Wozniak, Dr Cornel West, Dr Michio Kaku, and Edward
Snowden – are proud to set September 2016 to help audiences upgrade
their bullsh*t meters with Dr Ben Goldacre.