Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I love Bad Science

Let me clarify: I hate bad science, but I love Bad Science. Ben Goldacre cuts right through the bull and exposes charlatans, cranks and clueless journalists. In his latest column, he dissects a collection of recent articles that are full of bad science.
I know I’m wrong to care. On the BBC news site “crews were hopeful the 20m cubic litres of water could be held back and not breach the dam wall”. And that’ll be a struggle, since “cubic litres” are a nine-dimensional measuring system, so the hyperdimensional water could breach the dam in almost any one of the five other dimensions you haven’t noticed yet.
Seriously, go read it.

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