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  • Is That a Fact?

  • Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life
  • Written by: Dr. Joe Schwarcz
  • Narrated by: Garrett Goodison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Is That a Fact?

Written by: Dr. Joe Schwarcz
Narrated by: Garrett Goodison
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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Joe Schwarcz takes on the quacks and doles out the facts in this eye-opening look at the science around us

Eat this and live to 100. Don’t, and die. Today, hyperboles dominate the media, which makes parsing science from fiction an arduous task when deciding what to eat, what chemicals to avoid, and what’s best for the environment. In Is That a Fact?, best-selling author Dr. Joe Schwarcz carefully navigates the storm of misinformation to help us separate fact from folly and shrewdness from foolishness. 

Are GMOs really harmful? Or could they help developing countries? Which “miracle weight loss foods” gained popularity through exuberant data dredging? Is BPA dangerous or just a victim of unforgiving media hype? Is organic better? Dr. Joe questions the reliability and motives of “experts” in this easy-to-understand yet critical look at what’s fact and what’s plain nonsense. 

©2020 Joe Schwarcz (P)2020 ECW Press

What the critics say

“Written with a light touch and refreshing humor, this book provides a solid, authoritative starting point for anyone beginning to look at the world with a skeptical eye and a refresher for those further along that path.” (Library Journal)

“The author's entertaining writing style and clear, precise explanations make the book a joy to read, and his choice of subjects is so wide-ranging that there is really something for everyone here.” (Booklist

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Informative and Entertaining

Fascinating, digestible chunks of information on a wide range of topics. I love listening to it in the car or before I go to sleep at night.

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Entertaining, a little informative.

If you have ever had a longish layover that you spent at the airport bar, where you met a fellow skeptic who was also drowning his bordom in drink; If any conversation ensued this book will feel familiar. It is entertaining always, but not always totally coherent; the subject matter jumps around a bit in ways that don't always make sense. It has some humor, but that humor is based on puns and clever turns of phrase inserted by the author rather than by witty relation of the subject matter, which usually could supply all the humor that is needed on its own. Some topics lack the detail that most readers would expect based on the title. This title is worth the time, but there are better books on the same subject.

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