Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience, and Just Plain Bunk: How to Tell the Difference

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2013 - Education - 264 pages
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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. Does drinking coffee really cause cancer? Does bisphenol-A in our tin can linings really cause reproductive damage? Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience, and Just Plain Bunk teaches readers how to think like a scientist to question claims like these more critically. Peter A. Daempfle introduces readers to the basics of scientific inquiry, defining what science is and how it can be misused. Through provocative real-world examples, the book helps readers acquire the tools needed to distinguish scientific truth from myth. The book celebrates science and its role in society while building scientific literacy.
 

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Contents

Ch01 Introduction
3
Ch02 Science Is Arguing
17
Ch03 Tools Scientists Use
39
Ch04 Science for Every Person
57
Ch05 The Role of Critical Thinking
77
PartII SCIENCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE
95
Ch06 The Media
97
Ch07 Pseudoscience
111
PartIII SCIENCE
175
Ch10Science Progress and Challenges to Science
177
Ch11 Getting People to Love Science
195
Ch12 Driving the Economy through Science
229
Notes
237
References
249
Index
257
About the Author
263

Ch08 Debunking Science Myths
117
Ch09 What Are Scientists Responsibilities?
161

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Peter A. Daempfle is associate professor of biology at SUNY College of Technology at Delhi. He has taught in the sciences for more than 20 years and has served as an advisor in the standards-based reform effort, working to improve national science literacy and to advance the importance of scientific thinking.

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