Alternative Science: Challenging the Myths of the Scientific Establishment

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, May 1, 1996 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 272 pages
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In this compelling tour through the world of anomalous research, Richard Milton makes clear what the scientific establishment takes pains to deny: plenty of hard experimental evidence already exists for such things as cold fusion, paranormal phenomena, bioenergy, and the effectiveness of alternative medicine. Because these subjects and those who dare to investigate them are continually denied legitimacy by what can only be called the "paradigm police," the public is led to believe that all claims made about such topics are completely groundless. With humor and an eye for the telling detail, the author describes many instances when the defenders of scientific orthodoxy acted with unscientific rigidity in the face of the evidence. Faraday, Roentgen, Edison, and even the Wright Brothers were thought to be charlatans by their contemporaries. Taking the broad view of the way science is done, Milton discusses the forces at work in the marginalization of unorthodox research, and makes the reader wonder if there is not something fundamentally wrong with the way that science is currently being practiced. 
  

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Contents

Too Wonderful to be True
3
A Completely Idiotic Idea
11
Sunbeams from Cucumbers
24
The Gates of Unreason
37
Animal Magnetism
59
A Case of Ill Treatment
74
Forbidden Fields
83
Taboo
103
A Trout in the Milk
158
Too Insensitive to Confirm
177
The Future that Failed
191
A Methodical Madness
207
Postscript
221
Frauds Fakes and Facing Facts
223
Notes
236
Bibliography
248

Calling a Spade a Spade
105
The Research Game
119
Guardians of the Gate
134

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About the author (1996)

Richard Milton is a journalist working in Britain who has written widely on science and technology. He is also the author of Shattering the Myths of Darwinism.

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