Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk

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Paperback, Univ of Chicago Pr, 2010, ISBN13 9780226667867, ISBN10 0226667863
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Paperback, Univ of Chicago Pr, 2010, ISBN13 9780226667867, ISBN10 0226667863

Recent polls suggest that fewer than 40 percent of Americans believe in Darwin's theory of evolution, despite it being one of science's best-established findings. More and more parents are refusing to vaccinate their children for fear it causes autism, though this link can been consistently disproved. And about 40 percent of Americans believe that the threat of global warming is exaggerated, despite near consensus in the scientific community that manmade climate change is real.
Why do people believe bunk? And what causes them to embrace such pseudoscientific beliefs and practices? Noted skeptic Massimo Pigliucci sets out to separate the fact from the fantasy in this entertaining exploration of the nature of science, the borderlands of fringe science, and--borrowing a famous phrase from philosopher Jeremy Bentham--the nonsense on stilts. Presenting case studies on a number of controversial topics, Pigliucci cuts through the ambiguity surrounding science to look more closely at how science is conducted, how it is disseminated, how it is interpreted, and what it means to our society. The result is in many ways a "taxonomy of bunk" that explores the intersection of science and culture at large.
No one--not the public intellectuals in the culture wars between defenders and detractors of science nor the believers of pseudoscience themselves--is spared Pigliucci's incisive analysis. In the end, Nonsense on Stilts is a timely reminder of the need to maintain a line between expertise and assumption. Broad in scope and implication, it is also ultimately a captivating guide for the intelligent citizen who wishes to make up her own mind while navigating the perilous debates that will affect the future of our planet.

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Number of Pages: 332
Original Languages: English
Author: Pigliucci, Massimo
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Publication Date: May, 2010
ISBN-13: 9780226667867
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.75 Inches
ISBN-10: 0226667863
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