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Noble Lie: When Scientists Give the Right Answers for the Wrong Reasons / Edition 1
     

Noble Lie: When Scientists Give the Right Answers for the Wrong Reasons / Edition 1

by Gary Greenberg
 

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ISBN-10: 0470072776

ISBN-13: 9780470072776

Pub. Date: 09/16/2008

Publisher: Turner Publishing Company

Is drug addiction really a disease? Is sexuality inborn and fixed or mutable? Science is where we often turn when we can't achieve moral clarity. In The Noble Lie, acclaimed and controversial science writer Gary Greenberg shows how scientists try to use their findings to resolve the dilemmas raised by some of the most hotly contested issues of our time, from

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Is drug addiction really a disease? Is sexuality inborn and fixed or mutable? Science is where we often turn when we can't achieve moral clarity. In The Noble Lie, acclaimed and controversial science writer Gary Greenberg shows how scientists try to use their findings to resolve the dilemmas raised by some of the most hotly contested issues of our time, from gay rights to euthanasia and the drug war. He reveals how their answers often turn out to be more fiction than science—and explores whether they cause more harm than good.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470072776
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/16/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1. Addiction: Visions of Healing.

2. Depression: In the Magic Factory.

3. Sexual Orientation: Gay Science.

4. Schizophrenia: In the Kingdom of the Unabomber.

5. Brain Death: As Good as Dead.

6. Persistent Vegetative State: Back From the Dead.

7. Mortality: We'll All Wake Up Together.

Afterword.

Notes.

Index.

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