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ben goldacre
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"Attorney General: Device Backdoors Should Be Left Open for the Police". Devices are real life, real space. feedly.com/e/whOgfAwX
MOOCs bettr than textbooks. Surprised not to see paid-for online lecture series to parallel commercial txbooks feedly.com/e/MED9rBJt
I'd like you to closely inspect each of the anuses on these 10,000 pigeons please. m.aljazeera.com/story/20141015…
$3.5 billion in payments to US doctors revealed in first slice of mandated data. UK data on £ to Drs remains hidden. propublica.org/article/our-fi…
This @Cassetteboy mashup of Cameron’s speech is fun youtube.com/watch?v=0YBumQ… but his Amnesty vid is clever and moving youtube.com/watch?v=j_jbaN…
I’m doing a talk at the NCT conference this weekend. What should I talk about? And in your experience, do they promote quackery or evidence?
Pleased to see this landmark text on spycraft is being reissued by Usborne amazon.co.uk/Spys-Guidebook… amazon.co.uk/review/R1NKG9M…
Tomorrow @EMA_News votes on trials transparency. Here’s what is needed: bit.ly/1w4iQsl #AllTrials Pls RT pic.twitter.com/tuZRSk4u5K
I do think Greenfield is v interesting. She illustrates the distortion of science, how it’s done, who does it, who helps, and why it’s bad.
If you’re attending @theRSAorg Susan Greenfield event I’m chairing tomorrow thersa.org/events/our-eve… She’s now refused to have me as chair.
I love Radio4 but god I struggle sometimes. “Reimagining London" on right now consists of… a poet talking about her childhood in Hampstead.
These whistleblower stories of working in a homeopathy factory via @zeno001 are made of lol reddit.com/r/skeptic/comm… badscience.net/2007/11/a-kind…
Watching Locke (2013) for second night in a row. Sledgehammer analogies but precise, wise, and weirdly v uplifting m.imdb.com/title/tt269290…
Nice potholes piece but not sure I believe "patching holes costs 20 times as much as a regime of planned resurfacing" gu.com/p/4xy5e
I don't think the British recognise what an improbable miracle the NHS is RT @ProPublica nola.com/health/index.s… pic.twitter.com/IwG5TvxODJ
Protests in the age of smartphones. Stunning photo by @daledelarey of Hong Kong tonight. nyti.ms/Yzvyjv pic.twitter.com/NbimYbbRHz
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.@MarksLarks wow, and in your photo you got the cars and person in exactly the same place as this pic from 3 yrs ago twitter.com/lwescott/statu…
Went to Waitrose, but didn't go in (after seeing this sign) pic.twitter.com/LIbhdI0Vex
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#Pharmaceuticals to DG Ent? @bengoldacre “we should be in no doubt that this is very dangerous for public health” euractiv.com/sections/healt…
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Watching Tony Manero (2008) as an allegory for gearlust among synth collectors. This tweet of interest to three people: but it will hurt.
More interested in mechanics than scandals: @jimwaterson has found the Twitter account that seduced Brooks Newmark buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/br…
Didn't realise The Mother of All Demos was on YouTube. "Dealing lightning with both hands." youtu.be/yJDv-zdhzMY en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mothe…
telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/la… interesting story of poor practice around consent (and Optical Express spying on a patient in her home)
Fab post by @deevybee on Greenfield's latest. @Ri_Science take note: real pop science is about critiquing evidence deevybee.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/why-mo…
Jailing someone with schizophrenia for failing to say the right things about your imaginary superbeing. Religion. gu.com/p/4xqmd
Full statement from the wife of British Isis hostage Alan Henning: pic.twitter.com/ULQoEp8Q23
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Facial recognition failure: Google Street View Is Blurring the Faces of Ancient Gods gizmodo.com/google-street-… pic.twitter.com/NqADkBhgeX
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Big Pharma: the game. Hope there's options to do badly designed trials, hide data etc... RT @hardindr: of interest? positech.co.uk/cliffsblog/201…
Interesting attempt to quantify replicability in -omics work. False positives are science's biggest dirty secret. arxiv.org/pdf/1310.0606v…
Hey I'm speaking at this in Oxford tomorrow, don't know if it's open to all cebm.net/ebhc-alumni-we…
This whole referendum thing is nothing but win. RT @PaddyDaley: if Scotland votes Yes, the average temperature for the UK will go up too
Male life expectancy in the UK = 78.9. In Scotland it's 76.6 If Scotland votes Yes, my life expectancy goes up. Win! ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/subnat…
EU policy wonks: I'm speaking at this @EUombudsman bigwigs meeting on withheld trial results in Brussels #AllTrials ombudsman.europa.eu/en/activities/…
Isn't the headline here "Harvard AIDS prof has small point but misunderstands confounding variables"? m.nationalreview.com/articles/27998…
to do the maths: an independent Scottish govt will have to spend twice as much per capita on science to match current research council funds
Scotland gets 15% of UK govt science funding. For the sake of Scottish colleagues I hope an indy govt will spend that m.bbc.co.uk/news/science-e…
This attempt to silence St Andrews' principal over her concerns on science funding is bizarre (esp the press officer) independent.co.uk/news/uk/scotti…
@NewsfromScience -- Hi, Science. Amy Cuddy here. Experimental social psychologist, Harvard prof, 20k+ curious followers I'm very fond of.
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Rorschach. RT @benatipsosmori: in most deprived neighbourhoods it's Y64:36N, in most affluent it's Y40:60N #indyref ipsos-mori.com/researchpublic…
And it feels like a false, misleading, and simplistic route to meaningful political progress on inequality and corruption around the world.
Honestly, I’m truly not anti-independence. It just feels like a lot of things are getting very jumbled up here.
Also: is “freedom" from the UK really “freedom"? You’re still compromising politically with 5m other voters. Are scots truly so homogeneous?
also: Independence feels a bit close to “doing something is better than doing nothing”. You see that a lot in medicine, and it’s often wrong
to be clear: i think many args for Yes are pretty flawed, but i don’t care either way, & independence wld be more interesting to spectate on
baffling how, if you think out loud on these things, Yes campaigners start screaming as if you’re trying to con them into staying in the UK.