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Posted April 18, 2010
A must-read for any armchair scientist
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science is a fascinating read. It begins with the assertion that, far from being an indication of scientific "truth," consensus in science is actually an enemy to the field. With that in mind, it aims to present the aspects of science that the media and politics prefer to avoid. What follows is a cohesive, clearly stated critique of many of the popular scientific stances. The follies of global warming, America's terror of nuclear energy, and the Human Genome Project are presented alongside common misconceptions about Columbus, evolution, and the AIDS "epidemic." I found the chapters on hormesis and the nature of cancer particularly thought-provoking. This is well worth reading, even if only to gain a fuller perspective on the scientific debates that occasionally make their way to the public eye.
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