Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: How to Sort through the Noise around Global Warming, the Latest Health Claims, and Other Scientific Controversies

Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: How to Sort through the Noise around Global Warming, the Latest Health Claims, and Other Scientific Controversies

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by Sherry Seethaler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0137155220

ISBN-13: 9780137155224

Pub. Date: 01/16/2009

Publisher: FT Press

“Comprehensive, readable, and replete with current, useful examples, this book provides a much-needed explanation of how to be a critical consumer of the scientific claims we encounter in our everyday lives.”

–April Cordero Maskiewicz, Department of Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University

“Seethaler’s book helps the reader

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“Comprehensive, readable, and replete with current, useful examples, this book provides a much-needed explanation of how to be a critical consumer of the scientific claims we encounter in our everyday lives.”

–April Cordero Maskiewicz, Department of Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University

“Seethaler’s book helps the reader look inside the workings of science and gain a deeper understanding of the pathway that is followed by a scientific finding–from its beginnings in a research lab to its appearance on the nightly news.”

–Jim Slotta, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

“How I wish science was taught this way! Seethaler builds skills for critical thinking and evaluation. The book is rich with examples that not only illustrate her points beautifully, they also make it very interesting and fun to read.”

–Julia R. Brown, Director, Targacept, Inc.

Don’t Get Hoodwinked! Make Sense of Health and Science News...and Make Smarter Decisions!

Every day, there’s a new scientific or health controversy. And every day, it seems as if there’s a new study that contradicts what you heard yesterday. What’s really going on? Who’s telling the truth? Who’s faking it? What do scientists actually know—and what don’t they know? This book will help you cut through the confusion and make sense of it all—even if you’ve never taken a science class! Leading science educator and journalist Dr. Sherry Seethaler reveals how science and health research really work...how to put scientific claims in context and understand the real tradeoffs involved...tell quality research from junk science...discover when someone’s deliberately trying to fool you...and find more information you can trust! Nobody knows what new controversy will erupt tomorrow. But one thing’s for certain: With this book, you’ll know how to figure out the real deal—and make smarter decisions for yourself and your family!

Watch the news, and you’ll be overwhelmed by snippets of badly presented science: information that’s incomplete, confusing, contradictory, out-of-context, wrong, or flat-out dishonest. Defend yourself! Dr. Sherry Seethaler gives you a powerful arsenal of tools for making sense of science. You’ll learn how to think more sensibly about everything from mad cow disease to global warming–and how to make better science-related decisions in both your personal life and as a citizen.

You’ll begin by understanding how science really works and progresses, and why scientists sometimes disagree. Seethaler helps you assess the possible biases of those who make scientific claims in the media, and place scientific issues in appropriate context, so you can intelligently assess tradeoffs. You’ll learn how to determine whether a new study is really meaningful; uncover the difference between cause and coincidence; figure out which statistics mean something, and which don’t.

Seethaler reveals the tricks self-interested players use to mislead and confuse you, and points you to sources of information you can actually rely upon. Her many examples range from genetic engineering of crops to drug treatments for depression...but the techniques she teaches you will be invaluable in understanding any scientific controversy, in any area of science or health.

^ Potions, plots, and personalities: How science progresses, and why scientists sometimes disagree

^ Is it “cause” or merely coincidence? How to tell compelling evidence from a “good story”

^ There are always tradeoffs: How to put science and health claims in context, and understand their real implications

^ All the tricks experts use to fool you, exposed! How to recognize lies, “truthiness,” or pseudo-expertise

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780137155224
Publisher:
FT Press
Publication date:
01/16/2009
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Potions, plot, personalities: understand how science progresses and why scientists sometimes disagree 1

Ch. 2 Who's who?: identify those who hold stake in an issue and what their positions are 29

Ch. 3 Decisions, decisions: elucidate all the pros and cons of a decision 43

Ch. 4 Compare and contrast: place alternatives in an appropriate context to evaluate tradeoffs 59

Ch. 5 What happens if ... ?: distinguish between cause and coincidence 73

Ch. 6 Specific or general: recognize how broadly the conclusions from a study may be applied 89

Ch. 7 Fun figures: see through the number jumble 99

Ch. 8 Society's say: discern the relationships between science and policy 113

Ch. 9 All the tricks in the book: get past the ploys designed to simply bypass logic 139

Ch. 10 Fitting the pieces together: know how to seek information to gain a balanced perspective 161

Conclusion: twenty essential applications of the tools 177

Acknowledgments 183

About the Author 184

Index 185

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Science 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be fairly well written and easily understood. It's basically the same stuff we learned about critical thinking in my high school physics class. But, it was nice as a refresher.
exploringNOOK More than 1 year ago
Excellent and meaningful help for all of us who want to find out what's real and what's hype, especially in health and other scientific news and claims. Also, the author helped me to assess when I've done enough checking into claims - since nobody has unlimited time. I already had skills in this area but found new methods and ideas in this book. A keeper for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although reviews said that this would be humorous, I didn't think so. Although the writer was knowledgable about the subject, she often went into lengthly explanations of the same material given in tables. Rather than using different examples of each area, she repeats the same material over and over again. 200 pgs, but I just couldn't finish it. I picked up all I needed to know in the introduction.
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IngridArvad More than 1 year ago
Much like the journey men who service Al Gore's fictious solar grid that heats his home, this author should be unemployed. Save a tree, don't buy the paperback. Cut down on low level radiation in your home by NOT down loading this to your NOOK or other internet device. Stay home, lock the doors and watch SIMPSONS re-runs until the pizza delivery guy will no longer except your maxed out credit cards. Be afraid, be very afraid.