Bad Science


Author: Ben Goldacre

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007283199

Category: Science

Page: 352

View: 9457

Ben Goldacre’s wise and witty bestseller, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, lifts the lid on quack doctors, flaky statistics, scaremongering journalists and evil pharmaceutical corporations.

Bad science

the short life and weird times of cold fusion


Author: Gary Taubes

Publisher: Random House Incorporated


Category: Science

Page: 503

View: 5965

A science journalist brings to life one of the greatest scientific frauds of our times with the story of the two obscure researchers who claimed to have discovered a clean, no-fuss method for harnessing the energy of a hydrogen bomb. 20,000 first printing.

Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience, and Just Plain Bunk

How to Tell the Difference


Author: Peter Daempfle

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 144221726X

Category: Education

Page: 264

View: 1636

We are constantly bombarded with breaking scientific news in the media, but we are almost never provided with enough information to assess the truth of these claims. This book teaches readers how to think like a scientist to question claims like these more critically.

The Bad Science and Bad Policy of Obama's Global Warming Agenda


Author: Roy W. Spencer


ISBN: 1458730433


Page: 38

View: 2315

As the U.N. moves closer to a new global warming treaty, it is time to examine the calls for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The health and welfare of humanity has benefited from access to fossil fuels, and any drastic move to limit that access must have extraordinary evidence to support it. While alternative energy technologies will increasingly be relied upon in the face of dwindling fossil fuel supplies, leading climate researcher Dr. Roy W. Spencer argues that the free market is the best mechanism for solving the problem. In addition, Dr. Spencer addresses the new science that suggests that our modern fears of anthropogenic global warming might well be unfounded, because the climate system itself might be responsible for causing what is now known as '' climate change. ''

Bad Science

A Brief History of Bizarre Misconceptions, Totally Wrong Conclusions, and Incredibly Stupid Theories


Author: Linda Zimmermann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780979900242

Category: Errors, Scientific

Page: 224

View: 2091

Winner of the 2011 Silver Medal for Humor in the Independent Publishers Awards! "Bad Science" takes a humorous look at bloodletting, alchemy, quack devices, the worship of meteorites, faked data, and secret testing on people. The history of science has been fraught with persecution, fraud,and ignorance on a massive scale, but that doesn't mean we can't laugh about it!

Climate Confusion

How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor


Author: Roy W. Spencer

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 1594033455

Category: Political Science

Page: 191

View: 1740

The current frenzy over global warming has galvanized the public and cost taxpayers billons of dollars in federal expenditures for climate research. It has spawned Hollywood blockbusters and inspired major political movements. It has given a higher calling to celebrities and built a lucrative industry for scores of eager scientists. In short, ending climate change has become a national crusade. And yet, despite this dominant and sprawling campaign, the facts behind global warming remain as confounding as ever. In Climate Confusion, distinguished climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer observes that our obsession with global warming has only clouded the issue. Forsaking blindingly technical statistics and doomsday scenarios, Dr. Spencer explains in simple terms how the climate system really works, why man’s role in global warming is more myth than science, and how the global warming hype has corrupted Washington and the scientific community. The reasons, Spencer explains, are numerous: biases in governmental funding of scientific research, our misconceptions about science and basic economics, even our religious beliefs and worldviews. From Al Gore to Leonardo DiCaprio, the climate change industry has given a platform to leading figures from all walks of life, as pandering politicians, demagogues and biased scientists forge a self-interested movement whose proposed policy initiatives could ultimately devastate the economies of those developing countries they purport to aid. Climate Confusion is a much needed wake up call for all of us on planet earth. Dr. Spencer’s clear-eyed approach, combined with his sharp wit and intellect, brings transparency and levity to the issue of global warming, as he takes on wrong-headed attitudes and misguided beliefs that have led to our state of panic. Climate Confusion lifts the shroud of mystery that has hovered here for far too long and offers an end to this frenzy of misinformation in our lives.

Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder: How Bad Science and Good Public Relations Created the Diagnosis

How Bad Science and Good Public Relations Created the Diagnosis


Author: Stuart L Kaplan M.D.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313381356

Category: Psychology

Page: 184

View: 8632

An eminent child psychiatrist provides an insider's, whistle-blowing perspective on the promotion of a diagnostic entity that does not exist. • Arresting case histories • A reference section

The Angry Chef

Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating


Author: Anthony Warner

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1786072173

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 9746

Never before have we had so much information available to us about food and health. There’s GAPS, paleo, detox, gluten-free, alkaline, the sugar conspiracy, clean eating... Unfortunately, a lot of it is not only wrong but actually harmful. So why do so many of us believe this bad science? Assembling a crack team of psychiatrists, behavioural economists, food scientists and dietitians, the Angry Chef unravels the mystery of why sensible, intelligent people are so easily taken in by the latest food fads, making brief detours for an expletive-laden rant. At the end of it all you’ll have the tools to spot pseudoscience for yourself and the Angry Chef will be off for a nice cup of tea – and it will have two sugars in it, thank you very much.

Forensics Under Fire

Are Bad Science and Dueling Experts Corrupting Criminal Justice?


Author: Jim Fisher

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813544246

Category: Law

Page: 344

View: 683

Television shows like CSI, Forensic Files, and The New Detectives make it look so easy. A crime-scene photographer snaps photographs, a fingerprint technician examines a gun, uniformed officers seal off a house while detectives gather hair and blood samples, placing them carefully into separate evidence containers. In a crime laboratory, a suspect's hands are meticulously examined for gunshot residue. An autopsy is performed in order to determine range and angle of the gunshot and time-of-death evidence. Dozens of tests and analyses are performed and cross-referenced. A conviction is made. Another crime is solved. The credits roll. The American public has become captivated by success stories like this one with their satisfyingly definitive conclusions, all made possible because of the wonders of forensic science. Unfortunately, however, popular television dramas do not represent the way most homicide cases in the United States are actually handled. Crime scenes are not always protected from contamination; physical evidence is often packaged improperly, lost, or left unaccounted for; forensic experts are not always consulted; and mistakes and omissions on the autopsy table frequently cut investigations short or send detectives down the wrong investigative path. In Forensics Under Fire, Jim Fisher makes a compelling case that these and other problems in the practice of forensic science allow offenders to escape justice and can also lead to the imprisonment of innocent people. Bringing together examples from a host of high-profile criminal cases and familiar figures, such as the JonBenet Ramsey case and Dr. Henry Lee who presented physical evidence in the O. J. Simpson trial, along with many lesser known but fascinating stories, Fisher presents daunting evidence that forensic science has a long way to go before it lives up to its potential and the public's expectations.

Rethinking Psychology

Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience


Author: Brian Hughes

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137303956

Category: Science

Page: 296

View: 2637

Balancing readability with intellectual rigour, this is an essential guide to the complex relationship between psychology, science, and pseudoscience. Unique in its focus on the philosophy of science within psychology, it critiques controversial practices and challenges the biases which threaten academic rigour within the field.

Condom Nation

Blind Faith, Bad Science


Author: Richard A. Panzer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781888933024

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 160

View: 7567

Condom Nation uncovers the contradictions contained in many AIDS Prevention programs used in U.S. schools and asks: Is Sex Ed based on sound science, or on blind assumptions? Condom Nation describes a world of latex solutions, in which fact has been replaced by slogans and careful evaluation by unquestioned dogma. A disturbing, thoughtful book every parent should read. -- A fascinating book...which catalogs the failures of sex education in the schools, -- Suzanne Fields, syndicated columnist -- Examines the failure of the present 'politically correct attitudes' toward sexual activity... uses concepts from evolutionary psychology to buttress (its) moral stand... clear, easy to understand, -- Choice, American Library Association

Die Wissenschaftslüge

Wie uns Pseudo-Wissenschaftler das Leben schwer machen


Author: Ben Goldacre

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104003033

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 432

View: 4710

Der große Sachbuch-Bestseller aus Großbritannien: Endlich wird entlarvt, wie uns Pseudo-Wissenschaftler belügen, um uns Medizin- und Kosmetikprodukte zu verkaufen »Von Zahnärzten empfohlen«.»Von Dermatologen getestet«. Doch mit welchem Ergebnis? Woher wissen wir, ob uns eine medizinische Behandlung hilft? Wie können wir überprüfen, was uns alternative Heilmethoden wie zum Beispiel die Homöopathie versprechen? Und warum glauben kluge, kritische Menschen hanebüchene Dinge, nur weil »die Wissenschaft« sie angeblich bewiesen hat? Ben Goldacre entlarvt mit so viel Witz wie Wissen die zweifelhafte Wissenschaft hinter vermeintlich geprüften und bewiesenen Fakten und zeigt uns, wie wir mit eigenen Mitteln schlechte von guter Wissenschaft unterscheiden können.

Autism's False Prophets

Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure


Author: Paul A. Offit

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023114637X

Category: Medical

Page: 328

View: 3060

"With a new preface by the author"--Cover.

Good science, bad science

teaching evolution in the states


Author: Lawrence S. Lerner

Publisher: Diane Pub Co


Category: Education

Page: 51

View: 1912

In the U.S., the teaching to K-12 students of evolution as scientists see it -- particularly biological evolution -- evokes bitter controversy. Many persons object to the teaching of part or all of the facts and theory of evolution in schools. Explains the role of evolution as an principle for all the historical sciences. Recounts the arguments that are advanced against the teaching of evolution and characterizes ways in which states have responded to anti-evolutionist pressures. This state-by-state eval. of the treat. of evolution in science in standards concludes that 19 states do a weak-to-reprehensible job of handling evolution in their science standards. Charts and tables.

Mad in America

Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill


Author: Robert Whitaker

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0786723793

Category: Psychology

Page: 368

View: 9674

Schizophrenics in the United States currently fare worse than patients in the world's poorest countries. In Mad in America, medical journalist Robert Whitaker argues that modern treatments for the severely mentally ill are just old medicine in new bottles, and that we as a society are deeply deluded about their efficacy. The widespread use of lobotomies in the 1920s and 1930s gave way in the 1950s to electroshock and a wave of new drugs. In what is perhaps Whitaker's most damning revelation, Mad in America examines how drug companies in the 1980s and 1990s skewed their studies to prove that new antipsychotic drugs were more effective than the old, while keeping patients in the dark about dangerous side effects. A haunting, deeply compassionate book—now revised with a new introduction—Mad in America raises important questions about our obligations to the mad, the meaning of “insanity,” and what we value most about the human mind.

Science on the Web

A Connoisseur’s Guide to Over 500 of the Best, Most Useful, and Most Fun Science Websites


Author: Edward J. Jr. Renehan

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1475764804

Category: Computers

Page: 382

View: 9350

The World Wide Web is loaded with science and science-related material. For everyone who wants to learn more about this amazing resource, Ed Renehan has compiled this fun and informative guide to what's out there, what's interesting, what's new and who's doing it. Whether your interest is in artificial intelligence, Hubble Space Telescope images, or the latest dinosaur findings, the best sources and how to reach them are right here.