I’m talking at Glastonbury, Saturday 1:30pm Free University in The Park! (Also SGP, Latitude…)

June 23rd, 2011 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, onanism | 5 Comments »

Hi all, just to say, I’m doing a talk in the Free University of Glastonbury, 1:30pm (or thereabouts) on Saturday. Free University is the literarature tent in The Park field, based inside HMS Sweet Charity, which sounds like it’s probably a big silly boat.


I’m also talking at Secret Garden Party (speakers tent, no idea what day, but my friend Mark Pilkington is there too) and Latitude (on Sunday). If you’re choosing, SGP is madness with fun bands you’ve not heard of, Latitude is families with indie schmindie you have, and both are lovely.

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There’s something magical about watching patterns emerge from data

June 23rd, 2011 by Ben Goldacre in bad science | 26 Comments »

Ben Goldacre
The Guardian
Saturday 11 June 2011

We all know one atom of experience isn’t enough to spot a pattern: but when you put lots of experiences together and process that data, you get new knowledge. This might sound obvious, but following it through – watching patterns emerge from the noise – still gives me a sense of beauty and awe. Read the rest of this entry »

Nerds at the parliamentary committee on the Draft Defamation Bill

June 14th, 2011 by Ben Goldacre in libel, onanism, podcast | 33 Comments »

Here’s me, Simon Singh, Phil Campbell from Nature, and Fiona Godlee from the BMJ giving evidence on libel reform in parliament yesterday. It’s all interesting, if you like that kind of thing, our session starts at 17:30 and I do a bit more shouting in the second half of it. Read the rest of this entry »

Kids who spot bullshit, and the adults who get upset about it

June 4th, 2011 by Ben Goldacre in brain gym, bullying, childishness, schools | 36 Comments »

Ben Goldacre, The Guardian, Saturday 28 May 2011

If you can tear yourself away from Ryan Giggs’ penis for just one moment, I have a different censorship story.

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