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skepticsalamander 19th February 2022 09:04 AM

Is That A Fact?: Frauds, Quacks, And The Real Science Of Everyday Life
Dr. Joseph Schwarcz is a sessional instructor of Chemistry at McGill University. He is the director of McGill’s Office for Science and Society (OSS), an organization dedicated to debunking pseudoscientific myths as well as improving scientific literacy.

This book is divided into three sections (aside from the intro), black, grey, and white.

The black section of the book covers quackery that is outrageous and obviously false, such as “double helix water,” the HCG weight-loss scheme, and a guy who has made millions by staring at people.

The grey section of the book covers topics that are a bit less obvious and that the public often gets confused about. He does a great detailed dive into topics such as antioxidants and coconut oil (and much more), separating facts from fiction.

In the last section of the book, the white section, he covers interesting chemistry facts that any science buff will love.

Gord_in_Toronto 19th February 2022 06:08 PM

I'm on McGill's Office for Science and Society mailing list. See:

Dr Joe is regularly featured and his weekly Montreal Gazette column is available there.

A nice skeptical resource. :thumbsup:

AmyStrange 22nd February 2022 01:32 PM

I've downloaded the book from the library, and I love it. Thanks skepticsalamander for the recommendation!

skepticsalamander 11th April 2022 06:07 AM

You're very welcome! Glad you enjoyed!

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