Bad Science

Amongst several things I’ve been pondering for — seemingly — ever; how might one go about turning explicitly bad science into a TV show? I have a growing collection of books detailing statistical abuses and misconceptions, I’ve been reading Bob Park for years, and I find Ben Goldacre’s stuff in the Guardian absolutely hilarious — see especially his Bad Science Awards, which has all the makings of a book deal and so on. But I can’t, for the life of me, work out how to make this into TV. And I bet I’m not the only one who’s trying.

Comedy drama, perhaps? Following the fortunes of leading tech-transfer startup, “Bandwagon, Ltd.”?

Actually, that’s not a bad idea. Hmm…

4 Comments on "Bad Science"


  1. Interesting read over at the Guardian, I’ll have to start buying a paper again.
    As for the comedy idea, count me in, I’m happy to jump on đŸ˜‰

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  2. So this is where Kooij found it.
    It was
    ‘O2 Contour Cream from Laboratoires Herzog ‘ that boggled my mind: I thought everyone had heard about anti-oxidants being ‘good for you’. So rubbing O2 into your skin is . . . oxidizing, and that’s . . . *also* good for you? Right?

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  3. It sounds a bit like a format I wanted to see in the domain of logic, illustrating the history, theory and current practice of getting away with talking total bollocks. Three parts to the piece: (1) terrible stupidity resulted from the believing of this kind of bollocks back then; (2) this is why it’s bollocks; (3) so-and-so is trying it on again,
    let’s try to interview them. Topics to include such subtleties as the failure to distinguish between [no evidence of risk] and [evidence of no risk] when the truth is frequently [no risk of evidence].

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