Ben Goldacre Quotes

In an ideal world you might imagine that scientific papers were only cited by academics on the basis of their content. This might be true. But lots of other stuff can have an influence.

The plural of anecdotes is not data

I hope that you will be asked to participate in a trial at some stage in your disease

Children can be disgusting and often they can develop extraordinary talents but Iâ??m yet to meet any child who can stimulate his carotid arteries inside his ribcage.

I agree the world would be a better place if doctors were less enthusiastic about adopting very new drugs.

In females the author has found the application of pure carbolic acid to the clitoris an excellent means of allaying the abnormal excitement.

Alternative therapists don't kill many people but they do make a great teaching tool for the basics of evidence-based medicine because their efforts to distort science are so extreme.

Amazing things happen when you pull individual pieces of information together into larger linked datasets: meaning emerges as you produce facts from figures.

Just just because there are flaws in aircraft design that doesn't mean flying carpets exist.

I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

As it is a major component of blood water is vital for transporting oxygen to the brain. Heaven forbid that your blood should dry out.

Doctors and patients need as much data as possible to make an informed decision about what treatment is best.

These corporations run our culture and they riddle it with bullshit.

You are a placebo responder. Your body plays tricks on your mind. You cannot be trusted.

Bad things happen when problems are protected by a force field of tediousness.

Real science is all about critically appraising the evidence for somebody else's position.

I spend a lot of time talking to people who disagree with me - I would go so far as to say that it's my favourite leisure activity

Data is the fabric of the modern world: just like we walk down pavements so we trace routes through data and build knowledge and products out of it.

Transparency and detail are everything in science.

In general drug companies are reasonably good at developing new treatments and there's also a lot of good in the industry.

Positive findings are around twice as likely to be published as negative findings. This is a cancer at the core of evidence-based medicine.

Homeopathy pills are after all empty little sugar pills which seem to work and so they embody [..] how we can be misled into thinking that any intervention is more effective than it really is.

You cannot reason people out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.