Deceived Wisdom

  • by David Bradley
  • Narrated by Kris Dyer
  • 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Have you ever been reminded to take off your coat indoors or you won’t "feel the benefit" when you leave? That what you need to cool down is a nice cup of tea? And that you have to let that red wine breathe to improve its taste? Tackling the facts we all think we know, one-by-one, award-winning science writer David Bradley’s clear and witty writing examines the science behind the statements to reveal why what you thought was right…is wrong.
Entries include:

Why urinating on a jellyfish sting does not help (in fact it can make things worse)
Why cats are not smarter than dogs
Why the 10,000-hour practice rule is not what it seems
Why your mobile phone won’t give you cancer
Why hangover cures do not work (sorry about this one!)


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Customer Reviews

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Sooooo boring, despite a good topic

The style of writing left me screaming to rip my ear phones off. How can the narrator read out a long computer generated password: capital A, semi-colon, little G, inverted comma, capital Z, little S, ampersand ... twice? You know how natural scientists are avoided in the pub at university because they just don't realise how easy it is to bore normal human beings? Welcome to the natural scientists' corner. The Big Bang without the gags. Shame, because I really did want some of those promised explanations, but I can't listen to it.
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- Judy Corstjens

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios