Voodoo Science The Road from Foolishness to Fraud

ISBN-10: 0195147103

ISBN-13: 9780195147100

Edition: N/A

Authors: Robert L. Park

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In a time of dazzling scientific progress, how can we separate genuine breakthroughs from the noisy gaggle of false claims? From Deepak Chopra's "quantum alternative to growing old" to unwarranted hype surrounding the International Space Station, Robert Park leads us down the back alleys of fringe science, through the gleaming corridors of Washington power and even into our evolutionary past to search out the origins of voodoo science. Along the way, he offers simple and engaging science lessons, proving that you don't have to be a scientist to spot the fraudulent science that swirls around us. While remaining highly humorous, this hard-hitting account also tallies the cost: the billions spent on worthless therapies, the tax dollars squandered on government projects that are doomed to fail, the investors bilked by schemes that violate the most fundamental laws of nature. But the greatest cost is human: fear of imaginary dangers, reliance on magical cures, and above all, a mistaken view of how the world works. To expose the forces that sustain voodoo science, Park examines the role of the media, the courts, bureaucrats and politicians, as well as the scientific community. Scientists argue that the cure is to raise general scientific literacy. But what exactly should a scientifically literate society know? Park argues that the public does not need a specific knowledge of science so much as a scientific world view--an understanding that we live in an orderly universe governed by natural laws that cannot be circumvented.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Preface
It's Not News, It's Entertainment: In Which the Media Covers Voodoo Science
The Belief Gene: In Which Science Offers a Strategy for Sorting Out the Truth
Placebos Have Side Effects: In Which People Tum to "Natural" Medicine
The Virtual Astronaut: In Which People Dream of Artificial Worlds
There Ought To Be a Law: In Which Congress Seeks to Repeal the Laws of Thermodynamics
Perpetuum Mobile: In Which People Dream of Infinite Free Energy
Currents of Fear: In Which Power Lines Are Suspected of Causing Cancer
Judgment Day: In Which the Courts Confront "Junk Science"
Only Mushrooms Grow in the Dark: In Which Voodoo Science Is Protected by Official Secrecy
How Strange Is the Universe? In Which Ancient Superstitions Reappear as Pseudoscience
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