Who is Ben Goldacre?
Dr Ben Goldacre is a popular science writer best known for his "Bad Science" and "Bad Pharma" books. Ben was also involved in the AllTrials strategy to promote the publishing of all studies whether they were positive or negative to prevent pharmaceutical companies from hiding negative or neutral studies. He specialises in unpicking the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, quacks, drug companies, and more.
Ben was very positive in Bad Science about the power of placebos, specifically claims such as red pills work better than red ones, or two pills work better than one. However Mike Hall of Merseyside Skeptics has extensively challenged some of these findings on the Skeptics with a K podcast.