The Noble Lie: When Scientists Give the Right Answers for the Wrong Reasons

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Wiley, Sep 16, 2008 - Business & Economics - 243 pages
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Is drug addiction really a disease? Is sexuality inborn and fixed or mutable? Science is where we often turn when we can't achieve moral clarity. In The Noble Lie, acclaimed and controversial science writer Gary Greenberg shows how scientists try to use their findings to resolve the dilemmas raised by some of the most hotly contested issues of our time, from gay rights to euthanasia and the drug war. He reveals how their answers often turn out to be more fiction than science—and explores whether they cause more harm than good.

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User Review  - Chessa - Goodreads

thought-provoking study of illness, addiction, self-control, medication/medicalization of diseases of the mind and behavior. Read full review

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A thorough treatment of how implicit lies are pervasive in public discourse. He uses a rather large basket to describe "scientists" many that I would not include (psychologists & psychotherapists ... Read full review

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GARY GREENBERG has written about the intersection of science, politics, and ethics for many magazines, include Harper's, the New Yorker, Wired, Discover, Rolling Stone, and Mother Jones, where he's a contributing writer. His reporting has been widely reprinted and anthologized, including in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002. He is also a practicing psychotherapist in Connecticut.

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