Riding Every Day wrote:
Euan wrote: davecole wrote:
I should stop posting about this. I suspect I am stroppy due to not coping too well with some **** that has been going down for a while now.
As a parting shot, here is a review of GCBC
that I found particularly amusing.
You are an idiot if you're judging a paradigm challenging book using Amazon reviews. It is controversial science which means you have to judge it for yourself.
It's not the last word in nutrition, far from it! Fact: Taubes puts forward two hypothesis
! Fact: Taubes calls in to question much about what we think we know about nutrition and calls for much more investigation to be carried out.
Strong words, from someone who's usually very quick to chastise others for calling people idiots - whatever topic is being discussed. On something as subjective as diet / weight loss / etc, I'm stunned that you feel the need to force your experience down the throat of others. At least that's how it feels from this side. Personally I couldn't give a f*ck about whatever book you've read, that struck a particular chord with you. If you reckon it works for you, then that's great.
Weighing into davecole cause he dares to have a different opinion, or cause he questions or doubts the same theory is ridiculous. It's a friggin book about food / diet / weight management etc.
There are probably hundreds of thousands of books on those subjects already in existence. It's entirely plausible that others (maybe even some on here) have already read some of those other books and reasoned that their particular theory works for them. Each to their own right?
Maybe I'm not expressing myself clearly.
Both AK and Davecole have said that they judge whether it's worth reading a book by rading the 1 and 2 star reviews on Amazon.
There's this thing called cognitive dissonance
. The 1 - 2 star reviewers may well have read the book (the number of times I've read a negative review on Amazon which starts with "I haven't read the book"), but if it jars their core beliefs then the very common reaction is to ignore the facts in front of you and become even more resolute in your own values.
For me that makes juding the worth of a controversial book solely off of the 1-2 star reviews iditotic. Read it and make up your own mind or say I'm not interested and don't want to read it. Either of those are valid options, but to judge a book you haven't read; that's idiotic.
Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. . . .