Welcome back folks to "Science Today"; the show where we interview your favourite scientists... and maybe learn a thing or two! I'm Kathleen Summers, and today I am joined by McGill University professor Dr Joe Schwarcz who recently published the book "Is That A Fact?". Dr Joe, what can you tell us about your book?
Well Kathleen, "Is That a Fact?" is a book I wrote to help really anyone navigate the world of science. You see, today, we are constantly bombarded with information an misinformation, and with my book, I hope to help people identify what is true and what is not.
Wait! So you're saying that not all science is true, and that sometimes the media lies to us?!
Of course! You can't always trust the media. You should be checking the validity of your sources when you do research or just when browsing the internet.
I guess we all know not to always trust the internet. Can you give us an example of one of these falsehoods we encounter in our lives?
I sure can! Here I have a bottle of fish oil. You folks in the audience have probably heard of fish oil being great for your health. Research, in fact shows that fish oil doesn't do much. It contains Omega 3, which you need for your body, but having extra in the form of fish oil won't bring on any benefits.
So interesting! Who do you think should be reading your book?
I think anyone here today should read my book. I made sure to write it for anyone to be able to follow, and I also include the names of some chemicals that might be a little long, but I know that my fellow scientists will appreciate it.
In my book, I debunk many of these claims, giving a brief history of each of the discussed issues and questioning whether or not we should trust them. I made sure to also include some fun facts and personal stories to make it a better read.
Well that's all time we have! Thank you Dr Joe Schwarcz for coming to "Science Today", and make sure everyone to buy his book! Thank you and goodnight!