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Mon May 9, 2016, 10:12 AM

John Oliver Exposes The Real Research Behind "Recent Studies" & Gives His Own Todd Talk



Is coffee a miracle cure, or is it a huge risk to your health? If you sifted through the recently reported scientific studies on the topic, you may not come away with a very clear conclusion.

According to various media outlets, studies have suggested that coffee may help reverse liver damage, help prevent colon cancer, decrease the risk of endometrial cancer, and increase the risk of miscarriage.

"Coffee today is like God in the Old Testament: It will either save you or kill you depending on how much you believe in its magic powers," Last Week Tonight host John Oliver said on Sunday. "After a certain point, all that ridiculous information can make you wonder, is science bullshit?"

Science is supposed to make us more informed. But as Oliver explained, the way new studies are presented in media often misinforms the general public and may lead some people to distrust the research.

http://www.vox.com/2016/5/9/11638808/john-oliver-science-studies-last-week-tonight [/div

John Oliver nails it once again!

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Reply John Oliver Exposes The Real Research Behind "Recent Studies" & Gives His Own Todd Talk (Original post)
Initech May 2016 OP
geardaddy May 2016 #1
Initech May 2016 #2
malaise May 2016 #6
geardaddy May 2016 #8
ffr May 2016 #3
Manifestor_of_Light May 2016 #4
Initech May 2016 #5
tclambert May 2016 #10
malaise May 2016 #7
Duckfan May 2016 #13
dickthegrouch May 2016 #20
NuclearDem May 2016 #9
MrModerate May 2016 #11
Initech May 2016 #12
progressoid May 2016 #14
Initech May 2016 #16
NuclearDem May 2016 #18
progressoid May 2016 #19
IcyPeas May 2016 #15
surrealAmerican May 2016 #17

Response to Initech (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2016, 11:44 AM

1. "Champagne is acceptable on New Years, Valentine's, birthdays, and if and when Henry Kissinger dies"

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #1)

Mon May 9, 2016, 11:53 AM

2. That's why I love John Oliver!

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #1)

Mon May 9, 2016, 12:10 PM

6. or Cheney

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Response to malaise (Reply #6)

Mon May 9, 2016, 12:13 PM

8. Yes!

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Response to Initech (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2016, 11:56 AM

3. Too long a sciency.



Great piece John!

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Response to Initech (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2016, 12:05 PM

4. Read "How to Lie With Statistics". It's a classic.

Still in print, written in 1955. And understandable by non-math majors, like me.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #4)

Mon May 9, 2016, 12:09 PM

5. Is there an Amazon link for that?

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Response to Initech (Reply #5)

Mon May 9, 2016, 01:18 PM

10. Darrell Huff is the author. Here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=how+to+lie+with+statistic&tag=mh0b-20&index=aps&hvadid=1694113786&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_7zdbjhavzo_e


It isn't meant as a how-to book, but a book to teach you self-defense against deceptive statistical practices. A lot of examples come from advertising and politics.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #4)

Mon May 9, 2016, 12:11 PM

7. Still have my copy

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Response to malaise (Reply #7)

Mon May 9, 2016, 02:05 PM

13. What about the study that smelling farts causes cancer?

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Response to Duckfan (Reply #13)

Tue May 10, 2016, 10:02 AM

20. I love to fart next to smokers

And when they complain my response is "At least my stink doesn't cause cancer".

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Response to Initech (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2016, 12:58 PM

9. This needs to be mandatory viewing for everyone here.

 

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Response to Initech (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2016, 01:19 PM

11. Oliver is the only comic able to get away with . . .

'Mitochondria' in a punch line.

It's really amazing to watch. Almost like, I don't know, 'adult' comedy.

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Response to MrModerate (Reply #11)

Mon May 9, 2016, 01:21 PM

12. John Oliver is definitely too intelligent to be on network television.

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Response to Initech (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2016, 02:46 PM

14. Archer!

Er, Jon Benjamin I mean.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #14)

Mon May 9, 2016, 06:16 PM

16. If it's gonna be that kind of party!



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Response to progressoid (Reply #14)

Mon May 9, 2016, 08:17 PM

18. ...

 

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Response to NuclearDem (Reply #18)

Mon May 9, 2016, 10:22 PM

19. Ha ha ha. I hadn't seen that before.

Like that even better than when Archer was on Bob's Burgers.
Or, was it the other way around?

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Response to Initech (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2016, 02:52 PM

15. but it's true

coffee cures racism... not tea. a man in a white lab coat told me so.


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Response to Initech (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2016, 08:11 PM

17. kicking for later

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