The third annual ‘celebrity audit’ from the charity Sense About Science has been released, and it makes for amusingâ€”and depressingâ€”reading. The campaign, targeting celebrities who promote theories, therapies and campaigns that make little or no scientific sense, this year takes a swipe at Tom Cruise, Jim Carey, Barack Obama and Demi Moore, among others.
In similar fashion, Ben Goldacre compiles his end-of-year list of Bad Science. This quote sums it up nicely:
It’s only when you line these jokers up side by side that you realise what a vast and unwinnable fight we face. [â€¦] In a world where rigorous evidence from scientific research languishes unpublicised, the media continued to churn out bogus wacky science stories.