Questionable Motives

February 11, 2010

What is the placebo effect and how can we ethically use it in medicine?

Filed under: Ethics,Medicine,Science — tildeb @ 6:57 pm

Ben Goldacre:



  1. Goldacre talks about this in his book bad science, which is a brilliant read and I highly recommend it.

    This guy, is only 35/36, and he is a medical doctor who works in the NHS, gained a first class honors degree from one of the best universities in the world in medicine, and writes as a journalist for top quality news paper. He has also taken on a very large and complicated case against big corrupt pharma in the third world. In other words, he’s bright and a high achiever and here is what he has to say about religion:

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — February 12, 2010 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for the reading suggestion. And I wish I could agree with him for the linked article that disinterest in religion is a personally acceptable alternative; if special creationists were shutting down hospitals, reducing medical funding, and attacking medical science as just another belief system, calling medical practitioners who attempted to fight back their ignorant assertions that medicine was a theological concern, as strident, militant, arrogant, and fundamentalist, perhaps his opinion might get a little more fired up at the unjustified assault leveled against evolutionary biologists.

      Comment by tildeb — February 12, 2010 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  2. I think Goldacre is a religious skeptic, his web site has a category for religion – and he does bat it down. However, he probably thinks that religion is SO silly that it is not worth fighting – of course he is wrong. Perhaps he thinks that there are other things that are worth his time, or that other scientists such as Dawkins fill the religious space. Reading in between the lines in that article, and via the language he uses – I would say he is quite scathing of religion.

    He is right – religion is boring, the real stories described by science is far more interesting.

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — February 13, 2010 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

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