Bogus Science: Or, Some People Really Believe These Things

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We pride ourselves on the scientific culture in which we live, but is it really so scientific? Is it not the truth that large parts of our society are awash with ideas and preconceptions that could not be farther divorced from science, even though often they're wrongly or fraudulently described as "scientific"?

John Grant, author of the highly successful Discarded Science: Ideas that Seemed Good at the Time and Corrupted Science: Fraud, Ideology and Politics in Science, now ...

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Overview

We pride ourselves on the scientific culture in which we live, but is it really so scientific? Is it not the truth that large parts of our society are awash with ideas and preconceptions that could not be farther divorced from science, even though often they're wrongly or fraudulently described as "scientific"?

John Grant, author of the highly successful Discarded Science: Ideas that Seemed Good at the Time and Corrupted Science: Fraud, Ideology and Politics in Science, now turns his attention to "ideas that fool some of the people all of the time." He considers why it matters that our culture is being drowned in an ocean of the irrational, from pyramidology to beliefs that the earth is stationary, hollow or flat, from the widespread but misplaced certainty that establishment science is suppressing antigravity research to the quest for bigfoot, Atlantis, perpetual-motion machines and humanoid features on the surface of Mars.

In a text full of witty observations, delightful asides and deft skewerings, he is unafraid to speak truth to some of our most powerful false beliefs.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781904332879
  • Publisher: Artist's and Photographers' Press Ltd
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,360,431
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Grant is an award-winning author of many nonfiction books on film, art and fantasy, as well as a number of novels. His popular science books include Discarded Science: Ideas that Seemed Good at the Time and Corrupted Science: Fraud, Ideology and Politics in Science. He was co-editor with John Clute of the standard reference work The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, author of all three editions of The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters, and co-author of The Chesley Awards: A Retrospective.

He has received the Hugo Award (twice), the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, the Chesley Award and a number of others – including a rare British Science Fiction Association Special Award for his role in the Clute/Nicholls Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

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