Why I Am Not a Scientist: Anthropology and Modern Knowledge / Edition 1

Why I Am Not a Scientist: Anthropology and Modern Knowledge / Edition 1

by Jonathan Marks, J. Marks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520259599

ISBN-13: 9780520259591

Pub. Date: 06/23/2009

Publisher: University of California Press


"Highly readable and informative, this critical series of vignettes illustrates a long history of the corruption of science by folk beliefs, careerism, and sociopolitical agendas. Marks repeatedly brings home the message that we should challenge scientists, especially molecular geneticists, before we accept their results and give millions of dollars in public and…  See more details below

Overview


"Highly readable and informative, this critical series of vignettes illustrates a long history of the corruption of science by folk beliefs, careerism, and sociopolitical agendas. Marks repeatedly brings home the message that we should challenge scientists, especially molecular geneticists, before we accept their results and give millions of dollars in public and private funds toward their enterprises."--Russell Tuttle, The University of Chicago

"Jonathan Marks has produced a personal and compelling story of how science works. His involvement in scientific endeavor in human biology and evolution over the past three decades and his keen sense of the workings of science make this book a must read for both scientists and lay readers. In this sense, the lay reader will learn how scientists should and shouldn't think and some scientists who read this book will come away thinking they are truly not scientists nor would they want to be."--Rob DeSalle, American Museum of Natural History

"Jonathan Marks's Why I Am Not a Scientist provides food for thought, and as expected, it's digestible. In unusually broad perspective, this anthropology of knowledge considers science and race and racism, gender, fraud, misconduct and creationism in a way that makes one proud to be called a scientist."--George J. Armelagos, Emory University

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520259591
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/23/2009
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Science as a Culture and as a "Side" 1

2 The Scientific Revolution 25

3 Normative Science 50

4 Science as Practice 74

5 The Problem of Creationism 103

6 Bogus Science 129

7 Scientific Misconduct 162

8 The Rise and Fall of Colonial Science 198

9 Racial and Gendered Science 230

10 Nature / Culture 260

Notes 281

Index 315

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >