Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science

Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science

by Dave Levitan

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Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science by Dave Levitan

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393353327
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 343,836
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

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

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

Notes 207

Index 241

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