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The Real Science Behind Hacky Headlines, Crappy Clickbait, and Suspect Sources Superfoods, right brain versus left brain, lungs of the planet—these and other commonly shared pop science phrases are certainly catchy and all-to-quick to trend online. But they are also often wrong (or at least not quite right). These shorthand analogies, memes, and buzzwords distort the actual science and leave out key details, leading readers to develop a misunderstanding of the world around them. In The Stickler’s Guide to Science in the Age of Misinformation, R. Philip Bouchard takes a closer look at 13 pervasive scientific untruths—tackling a range of topics from gravity and radiation to global warming and pandemics—and humorously and accessibly shares the real science behind them. You’ll learn why trees do not “store” carbon dioxide, why DNA is not really the “blueprint of life”, and why a day is not actually 24 hours. The deeper we understand these issues, the better we can do as citizens in an era of half-truths, propaganda, and outright lies. The Stickler’s Guide to Science in the Age of Misinformation makes well-researched science easy to understand, providing satisfying answers while sparking a curiosity to learn more.
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About the Author
R. Philip Bouchard is a lifelong “natural science nerd” with a track record of creating successful educational media. As a software engineer and educator, he designed the famous 1985 computer game The Oregon Trail, which went on to sell 65 million copies. Bouchard holds a bachelor’s degree in Botany from the University of Georgia, and a master’s degree in Botany from the University of Texas at Austin. In recent years he has specialized in the creation of fun, insightful educational essays, principally in the natural sciences. Many of these essays can be seen in The Philipendium on medium.com.