Eight Preposterous Propositions: From the Genetics of Homosexuality to the Benefits of Global Warming / Edition 1

Eight Preposterous Propositions: From the Genetics of Homosexuality to the Benefits of Global Warming / Edition 1

by Robert Ehrlich
     
 

"Robert Ehrlich's Eight Preposterous Propositions, the sequel to his cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed Nine Crazy Ideas in Science, is sure to both infuriate and delight readers at the same time! If there isn't something in this book that you already agree and disagree with then you will by the time you finish it because these are among the

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"Robert Ehrlich's Eight Preposterous Propositions, the sequel to his cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed Nine Crazy Ideas in Science, is sure to both infuriate and delight readers at the same time! If there isn't something in this book that you already agree and disagree with then you will by the time you finish it because these are among the most politically and culturally controversial ideas in all of science. I am simply staggered at both the depth and scope of Ehrlich's research, yet at the same time I am struck by how fair he is to all sides in these contentious issues. If you want to get your mind around a complex issue in a modest amount of time then Eight Preposterous Propositions is for you. Every college course in critical thinking should assign this book as a model of balanced treatment and fair mindedness."—Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, author of Why People Believe Weird Things

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691124049
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/25/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Ehrlich is Professor of Physics at George Mason University and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is the author of twenty books, including "Nine Crazy Ideas in Science: A Few Might Even Be True", "Why Toast Lands Jelly-Side Down", and "Turning the World Inside Out & 174 Other Simple Physics Demonstrations" (all Princeton).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Is Homosexuality Primarily Innate?8
3Is Intelligent Design a Scientific Alternative to Evolution?41
4Are People Getting Smarter or Dumber?78
5Can We Influence Matter by Thought Alone?104
6Should You Worry about Global Warming?138
7Is Complex Life in the Universe Very Rare?188
8Can a Sugar Pill Cure You?222
9Should You Worry about Your Cholesterol?263
10Epilogue305
Notes311
Index337

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