Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk

Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk

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by Massimo Pigliucci
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226667863

ISBN-13: 9780226667867

Pub. Date: 05/15/2010

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Creationists who dismiss Darwin's theory of evolution. Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Climate change deniers who dismiss the warming planet as a hoax. These are just some of the groups that, despite robust scientific evidence, embrace pseudoscientific beliefs and practices. Why do they believe bunk? And how does their ignorance threaten us

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Creationists who dismiss Darwin's theory of evolution. Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Climate change deniers who dismiss the warming planet as a hoax. These are just some of the groups that, despite robust scientific evidence, embrace pseudoscientific beliefs and practices. Why do they believe bunk? And how does their ignorance threaten us all?

Noted skeptic Massimo Pigliucci sets out to separate the fact from the fantasy in this entertaining exploration of the nature of science, the borderlands of fringe science, and– borrowing a famous phrase from philosopher Jeremy Bentham–the nonsense on stilts. Covering a range of controversial topics, Pigliucci cuts through the ambiguity surrounding science to look more closely at how science is conducted, how it is disseminated, how it is interpreted, and what it means to our society. The result is in many ways a "taxonomy of bunk" that explores the intersection of science and culture at large.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226667867
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/15/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,127,466
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction Science versus Pseudoscience and the "Demarcation Problem" 1

Chapter 1 Hard Science, Soft Science 6

Chapter 2 Almost Science 24

Chapter 3 Pseudoscience 56

Chapter 4 Blame the Media? 84

Chapter 5 Debates on Science: The Rise of Think Tanks and the Decline of Public Intellectuals 104

Chapter 6 Science and Politics: The Case of Global Warming 134

Chapter 7 Science in the Courtroom: The Case against Intelligent Design 160

Chapter 8 From Superstition to Natural Philosophy 187

Chapter 9 From Natural Philosophy to Modern Science 208

Chapter 10 The Science Wars I: Do We Trust Science Too Much? 233

Chapter 11 The Science Wars II: Do We Trust Science Too Little? 253

Chapter 12 Who's Your Expert? 279

Conclusion So, What Is Science after All? 302

Notes 307

Index 329

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