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Parts of this book were so good that my roommate read vicariously through me and then insisted that I get another Michael Shermer book. Those parts which did not capture my short attention span were easily skipped to the next chapter (minus .5 stars for making me flip pages.) With a median rating of 2.3 stars I think some readers were expecting a feel good book with a happy ending, but in fact, his hero dies in the last chapter (plus 1 star for keeping it real.)
By applying the scientific method in his writings Shermer brought relevance to my life, helping me to understand that critical thinking does not make me critical, it is the nagging that makes me critical. Along with self-discovery, Shermer has also shown me a glimpse of an entire demographic of people like me who spend time thinking and talking about the increased levels of oxytocin in the brain of monogamous mammals during sex.
The book offers an enticing buffet of topics, however at least two of them were blatantly self-indulgent (minus 1 star for not having enough game to hide his motives.) With a sum of minus .5 stars I am obviously not a scientist but his mentor and hero, Stephen Jay Gould, would be proud that Shermer has brought scientific thought from academia to the mainstream which Gould himself endeavored to do.
 

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Just a collection of articles, instead of a book.

Review: Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

User Review  - Patrick Ellard - Goodreads

Science Friction, written by prominent scientist and skeptic Michael Shermer is more of a collection of 14 essays about various subjects than a typical popular science book. The essay topics ... Read full review

Review: Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

User Review  - Chad Young - Goodreads

Very intriguing look at where science is pushing the boundaries between belief/fate/fantasy and reality. Shows the importance and value of skepticism. Read full review

Review: Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

A collection of articles written for various magazines, Michael Shermer shows off a surprising range of topics in this single volume. Shermer's essay are meticulously researched, and he always has an ... Read full review

Review: Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

User Review  - Jeff Rudisel - Goodreads

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Review: Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

User Review  - Vince Gotera - Goodreads

In this collection of entertaining and thought-provoking essays, Science Friction, Michael Shermer turns a skeptical eye towards all sorts of science-related topics, including the so-called ... Read full review

Review: Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

User Review  - Jon Wilson - Goodreads

Michael Shermer likes his statistics. Man, this book is full of lists and numbers and comparisons ad infinitum between lists and numbers (there is actually an entire chapter just discussing lists!). I ... Read full review

Review: Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

User Review  - Jim Razinha - Goodreads

This is an excellent group of essays. As a psychologist and science historian, as well as founder and editor of Skeptic, Shermer thinks! This book groups his thoughts into four sections: Science and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Kerwin - Goodreads

has its moments, but often gets bogged down Read full review


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