Ben Goldacre on the Placebo Effect
One of my personal heroes, and author of the mind-blowingly brilliant and easily understandable Bad Science, explains what exactly is the placebo effect:
If you are not familiar with Ben Goldacre and/or are interested in finding out more about his work, here are some good places to start:
- His book Bad Science [Amazon|UK].
- His website, blog and forum, also called Bad Science.
- Twitter: @bengoldacre
- His column in The Guardian newspaper
Ben is a magnificent communicator of science, health and logic-related concepts in a manner than can be understood by anyone, and he’s very active in the skeptical scene — including speaking at the inaugural TAM London last October and a recent appearance on Robert Llewellyn‘s often fascinating CarPool video podcast — though seems loathe to label himself as such. (Perhaps he’d prefer we consider that our realms of interest often coincide).
Hat tip to the always awesome PodBlack Cat.