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An eye-opening tour of the political tricks that subvert scientific progress.The Butter-Up and Undercut. The Certain Uncertainty. The Straight-Up Fabrication. Dave Levitan dismantles all of these deceptive arguments, and many more, in this probing and hilarious examination of the ways our elected officials attack scientific findings that conflict with their political agendas. The next time you hear a politician say, "Well, I’m not a scientist, but…," you’ll be ready.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Dave Levitan is a journalist whose work has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Scientific American, Slate, and many other outlets. He lives near Philadelphia with his wife.
Table of Contents
1 The Oversimplification 9
2 The Cherry-Pick 28
3 The Butter-Up and Undercut 44
4 The Demonizer 60
5 The Blame the Blogger 73
6 The Ridicule and Dismiss 96
7 The Literal Nitpick 111
8 The Credit Snatch 124
9 The Certain Uncertainty 138
10 The Blind Eye to Follow-Up 155
11 The Lost in Translation 172
12 The Straight-Up Fabrication 186
Conclusion: The Conspicuous Silence 201