On the menu for John Oliver’s HBO show, Last Week Tonight, on Sunday was a long overdue and well-deserved critique of the many, many supposedly scientific studies that pass themselves off as real. From the claim that chocolate is good for pregnant mothers to the notion that a glass of red wine a day is as good for you as going to the gym, you can literally find a “study” to fit any agenda.
Oliver started out the segment questioning these supposedly scientific claims saying:
There are so many studies being thrown around that they can seem to contradict one another. In just the last few months, we’ve seen studies about coffee that claim it may reverse the effects of liver damage, help prevent colon cancer, decrease the risk of endometrial cancer and increase the risk of miscarriage.
But that’s not all! Some goon who calls himself “Dr. Love” (I know…EW) even asserts that getting eight hugs a day will make you healthier in one of the more ludicrous “Ted Talks” I’ve personally seen. Oliver and his hilarious team don’t let that go either and present a brilliant parody called “Todd Talks.”
Do you love science in all its complexity but wish it could be a little less complex and a lot less scientific? Introducing “Todd Talks,” where the format of “Ted Talks” meets the intellectual rigor of morning news shows.
Watch John Oliver destroy pseudoscience in the video below (skip to 16 minutes in to see the “Todd Talks” spoof):
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