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Kicking the Sacred Cow: Questioning the Unquestionable and Thinking the Impermissible

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    A book that exposes how wishful thinking became science.

    No doubt that Academians, professed Darwinist and Enviromentalists will take aim at this book with the relish of a person attempting to swat a fly with an axe. Do not be surprised by their vitriol. Using basic facts and documented research, the author shows how SCIENCE has become the modern day equivilent of the Dark Ages Church, where peer pressure and public ridicule are used to silence those who expose glaring flaws in religiously held tenants of the scientific community. No doubt you will even see some reviews here that amply demonstrate that point. From obvious flaws in the 'Big Bang' theory to the junk science used to validate Global Warming arguments, Hogan presents the reader with the data and lets them decide for themselves. His rationale that you don't have to have a PHD to see the obvious is illustrated throughout the book. Pick it up, read it and decide for yourself. That is what the author advocates and what I have done. Like me, you might be astounded to find out how many things you once believed are not true. It is an amazing book!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fabulous look at science

    James P. Hogan makes a strong case that much of the scientific interpretation of data pertaining to a wealth of subjects is subjective (tainted by the person¿s assumptions of what to expect or the community¿s bias) as opposed to an objective analysis. Using numerous examples to make his point like global warming, the expanding universe (big bang, crunch, and all in between), and evolution, etc., Mr. Hogan evaluates commonly known data but draws radically different conclusions from them. His point is not to disprove the accepted theories, but to demonstrate that other interpretations are as valid. At times the empirical data and Mr. Hogan¿s drill can become quite complex, which will lead to many readers like this reviewer taking several days and rereads to follow the logic on a particular topic. Though not quite as proven, Mr. Hogan believes a major problem is the government funding of science often leads to political decisions on grants and tenure. However, it is the alternative possibilities that make this an excellent insightful book. No cow remains sacred even the icons Darwin and Einstein are challenged. Ironically even Velikovsky, a 1950s radical, who¿s Worlds in Collision shook the science community, receives a boot or two. Terrific work that makes the case that big government spending big money stifles creative thinking with fantastic but complicated examples.---- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2004

    Light fare overall, entertaining in a fantastical way

    <P> This book does for hard science what the works of Graham Hancock and Erich Von Daniken do for the serious study of archeology and history. It's entertaining and thought provoking--given you read it with the right attitude--but please don't open your mind so much that your brain falls out, folks. <P> The point where Hogan lost me, and I started to take the book much less seriously, turned out to be in the very first chapter. While Hogan argues against traditional Creationism, for some bizarre reason he proposes so-called Intelligent Design as worthy of consideration. For those of you who don't know, Intelligent Design is nothing more than Creationism with a technobabble veneer and the G-Word replaced by some mysterious Intelligence. Not surprisingly, its proponents prefer not to specify who or what actually arranged for life on our planet. It could be some supernatural deity, Super-Advanced Aliens, or Something Else That We Can't Imagine, and naturally they claim that it doesn't matter, anyway. Intelligent Design has become trendy among a certain clique of engineers, who have somehow managed to convince themselves that it's not just another Creationist Flavor of the Month. <P> Certainly there is plenty to argue about in the various theories of evolution (there are more than one, dear reader, it's not all just super-fanatical neo-Darwinism as Hogan would apparently have you believe). However, replacing 19th Century Creationism with 21st Century Creationism just doesn't make any kind of sensible case against the existing evolutionary theories. <P> I went into this book with a fairly serious and straightforward frame of mind. Since that big disappointment in the first chapter, I downgraded my expectations significantly and read accordingly, which turned out to be just as well. <P> In the end, I enjoyed the book in the same way I enjoyed Chariots of the Gods back when I was a kid. Like Chariots of the Gods, it's thought provoking, with a few nuggets here and there of good information to balance out the occasional conspiracy theory, and contains loads of fodder for sci-fi and fantasy stories. Any such writer will find this book to be a gold mine of cool ideas. <P> In summary: Read it, enjoy it, take its main premise to heart (which can be summed up as the time honored bumper sticker slogan: 'Question Authority'), but remain skeptical of silliness and, to use a hoary old cliche, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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