Bad Science

  • Every Bad Science column published since 2003 is archived here, and the new ones get posted every week, along with anything else I write. It’s searchable and you can make comments.
  • You can browse the articles by category on the right: for example, you can see everything on “nutritionism” by clicking “nutritionism” in the categories section. You can also search by any keyword, just like google. This is a rather excellent resource: quote me, steal my ideas, but credit me or contact me first … (full text What you can find here).

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About Dr Ben Goldacre: Ben is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and medical doctor who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims made by scaremongering journalists, dodgy government reports, evil pharmaceutical corporations, PR companies and quacks.

He has written the weekly Bad Science column in the Guardian since 2003. It’s archived on this site along with blogposts, columns for the British Medical Journal, and other stuff.

“Bad Science” the book (4th Estate) has sold 240,000 copies, reached #1 in the paperback non-fiction charts,  and is being published in 18 countries. Nobody was more surprised than me.

The Placebo Effect is a two-part documentary series he made for BBC Radio 4. The Rise of the Lifestyle Nutritionists is another. He’s appeared on the Today programme a few times, Newsnight, Start The Week, The Now Show, Loose Ends, PM, Quote Unquote, Watchdog, Nightwaves, and some other stuff. You can find lots of it if you dig around on the site, along with lectures, podcast interviews with people I like, and other things, maybe start here. There’s a 3-part documentary series coming for the BBC World Service, and a one-off documentary too, both are top secret.

There are lots of clips of Ben on telly here. If you’d like me to come on your TV show and talk about stuff I know then that’d be great, thanks, please send me an email,

Ben has won various awards, including the Royal Statistical Society’s first Award For Statistical Excellence in Journalism (£250 and an engraved crystal paperweight), shortlisted in the Samuel Johnson and Royal Society literary prizes 2009, the Faculty of Public Health DARE Prize Lecture, an honorary doctorate from Herriott-Watt University (although I was, er, also trained in medicine at Oxford and London), “Best Freelancer” at the Medical Journalists Awards 2006, the Healthwatch Award in 2006, “Best Feature” at the British Science Writers Awards twice, and a few other bits and pieces.

He has given about 150 lectures in various schools and universities over the past couple of years, from Oxford and Imperial, through the FSA, GES and CQC, to a small village in Dorset. He’s trying to say no to these now. If you offer him money for after dinner speaking he will spend it on a web TV project … (full text).

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