Is this book an opinion or result of a research?

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Re: Is this book an opinion or result of a research?

Post by gen_g » 03 Jan 2019, 10:58

briellejee wrote:
03 Jan 2019, 03:42
gen_g wrote:
02 Jan 2019, 23:15
but I understand that the nature of science itself is not fixed but evolving, and we are still learning something everyday. Still, I am glad that the book has a good deal of research to back up its claims.
As being in the field of science, I deeply agree with you on this one. Changes in science are unpredictable. One minute we know then the next it has evolved, especially in the pathology department. Bacteria,
viruses, and etc. evolve to adapt. It is not a surprise that now some of them are drug-resistant.
You took the words right out of my mouth! :)

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Post by Don Pwai » 03 Jan 2019, 11:45

I doubt if this book is based on research considering that the author possesses a law degree. I believe it is just opinions collected from her father's findings.

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Post by Bookreviewer19_ke » 03 Jan 2019, 15:51

Her father's work seems sufficient enough to warrant the writer's use of it as research. To me it doesnt really matter if she did the research herself or has a law degree. What matters is the evidence of her father's research

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Post by esthersamone » 04 Jan 2019, 01:44

I would choose to concentrate more on the effectiveness of the methods proposed in this book and question later upon getting the results. It can either be an opinion or a research but either way, desired results would validate or invalidate it.

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Post by esthersamone » 04 Jan 2019, 02:17

Ehartl wrote:
01 Jan 2019, 13:52
I'm a believer in the idea that a certain amount of knowledge in a specific field will make you an expert in that field. Because the author's father was a molecular biologist, I assume she learned her knowledge from him and is therefore qualified to discuss such matters. It's the same thing as an apprenticeship.
I agree. We do not necessarily become experts by merely attending a classroom. Practice in a certain field for a given time, makes us experts in that area.

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Post by esthersamone » 04 Jan 2019, 02:20

Samisah wrote:
03 Jan 2019, 09:36
First of all, the book isn't about this lady, its all about her father and his work. She is only a facilitator. The one who strived to bring to fruition her father's efforts and research to help people suffering from cancer.
So yes, it is based on research, her father's research.
I am interested in this twist of idea. For sure, we should see the old man biologist and not the lady writer in this book.

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Post by briellejee » 04 Jan 2019, 02:26

Vscholz wrote:
01 Jan 2019, 15:36
Personal opinion can lead to scientific research. When a trend begins and people claim to have some outcome, experiments are often conducted to validate or refute the claims. It could be a step in the direction to more scientific approaches.
I agree to this. One step will lead to actual and more research. That's the beauty of research as a field. No one stops to seek what is out there.
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Post by Beatus » 04 Jan 2019, 02:53

Looking at the responses here, may I propose that the author take some time and appear for a live session on the OnlineBookClub.org facebook page to answer some questions? I remain to be corrected.

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Post by Ursadsong » 04 Jan 2019, 03:09

I do not think that this boook is just an opinion, she finished the work of her father. She made a tons of research! she didn"t just try a plant that worked wuth her and said that is the cure.

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Post by Raja28 » 04 Jan 2019, 03:27

Though the author seems unqualified educationally, the book looks to be based on the research done by her very qualified father. Hence, I feel that this book could be treated as one based on research that is presented to support the the author's opinion. Either way, it deserves some consideration due the importance of the subject it deals with.

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Post by Anthony__ » 04 Jan 2019, 05:54

I think the book is based on research. The author did his findings based on his father's research.

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Post by Kajori50 » 05 Jan 2019, 09:03

From what I could gather, this book is based on the research of her father. Also, but her research has been conducted after her father's death. This makes it seem that the book is a product of a research.

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Post by Kendra M Parker » 05 Jan 2019, 20:12

briellejee wrote:
01 Jan 2019, 19:30
As a scientific researcher, I think the author based the book on research findings. Without a degree on such field is not a basis whether it is an opinion or fact as long as she stated the research paper she had based on. If she used her father's research to come up with this book, then it could be what we call a meta-analysis research where everything in the paper is a compilation of knowledge from other papers.
This is what I see so far with this book. She’s not personally an expert, but she cites a lot of other research to backup her claims. Some are from her father’s work, and others are from highly recognized authorities.

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Post by ViziVoir » 06 Jan 2019, 04:07

As a scientist myself, this seems anecdotal. It's not that there's no grain of truth to the book, it's just that it's incredibly hard to verify without extensive research. Even master molecular biologists still predict the results of some experiments incorrectly; having expertise in a subject doesn't mean you automatically know things that haven't been rigorously proven yet.

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Post by Cara Van Heerden » 06 Jan 2019, 11:15

The research on Cancer seems to be ruled not just by a desire to help people but also by politics within the scientific research community. It's sad to think how great scientists like this author's father might be ostrasized because of political reasons within the community instead of based purely on his work.
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