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I've just finished reading Ben Goldacre's: I Think You'll Find it's a Bit More Complicated Than That.
I found this book both fascinating and infuriating!
The book is about...well, it is about many things, such as bad science, bad journalism (compounding much the bad science or blatantly distorting real science), and bad governmental policy making (using said bad science and bad journalism).
I think everyone should get a copy of this book, read it, and try to apply the lessons you may learn from it. For instance I am going to try to put into practice one of his pieces of advice:
"If people don't link to primary sources, I don't trust them and I don't read them." (ESPECIALLY on social media).
I use to think (some) sources of journalism were trustworthy, but I think I'll have to start digging even deeper into issues that matter to me in order to ensure I am getting the correct information. The sad part is that this is going to take a lot more time, so I will have to narrow my focus significantly. Soon, I will know every piece of factual information about stegosaurus!
This is a collection of previously published articles with no new content, the articles are just read one after the other in a vague categorical grouping. This disappointed me somewhat as I don't think that was explicitly clear from the description (although some of the other reviews do mention it). I was expecting it to contain previously published work but I wasn’t expecting that to be all that it contained.
The articles are mostly very interesting (I always enjoyed reading his Bad Science column in the guardian) but I don’t think it works very well in a book format. I am always left wanting to know more after each article but they are rarely followed up (those that are only by another interesting but short article) so I feel that’s it is forever skimming along the surface. At the very least I though related articles could have been interwoven somehow instead of just read out one after another.
This is more of a coffee table book that you pick up and read for 5-10mins rather than an audiobook you want to listen too for hours a time.
The narration by Ben Goldacre is very good. Jot Davies is OK but it feels much more natural to have the author himself reading. So far most of what I have listened too has been narrated by Ben.
If you have enjoyed any of Bens columns before then this is a great way to catch up on them, without trawling through the guardians archive but I think I would have been better off getting Bad Science or Big Pharma.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I'd recommend it to everyone, so they can stop acting like sheep, believing everything they hear or read in the media and taking it as fact.
What other book might you compare I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That to, and why?
Obviously his other books, Bad Science, etc, which I also highly recommend.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, I was eager to listen at every opportunity.
Any additional comments?
People think they 'know' things, when it truth they mostly know what others want them to know.
Hopefully this book will make at least a few decide to think for themselves before assuming that what their GP, or favourite newspaper says is 'right', and does not need to be questioned.
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