Junk Science: How Politicians, Corporations, and Other Hucksters Betray Us

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Macmillan, Nov 27, 2007 - Science - 336 pages
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An overdue indictment of government, industry, and faith groups that twist science for their own gain.

During the next thirty years, the American public will suffer from a rampage against reason by special interests in government, commerce, and the faith industry, and the rampage has already begun. In Junk Science, Dan Agin offers a response—a stinging condemnation of the egregious and constant warping of science for ideological gain.

In this provocative, wide-ranging, and hard-hitting book, Agin argues from the center that we will pay a heavy price for the follies of people who consciously twist the public's understanding of the real world.

In an entertaining but frank tone, Agin separates fact from conveniently "scientific" fiction and exposes the data faking, reality ignoring, fear mongering, and outright lying that contribute to intentionally manufactured public ignorance. Many factions twist scientific data to maintain riches and power, and Agin outs them all in sections like these:

--"Buyer Beware" (genetically modified foods, aging, and tobacco companies)
--"Medical Follies" (chiropractics, health care, talk therapy)
--"Poison and Bombs in the Greenhouse" (pollution, warfare, global warming)
--"Religion, Embryos, and Cloning"
--"Genes, Behavior, and Race"

We already pay a heavy price for many groups' conscious manipulation of the public's understanding of science, and Junk Science arms us with understanding, cutting through the fabric of lies and setting the record straight.

 

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Could not finish. I can't stand when books/any form of media attempts to prove a point or provide counter-arguments but does so in a way that's just as biased and semi-slanderous as what they're ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
FRAUD AND FABRICATION IN SCIENCE
22
EAT YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS
43
FRANKENSTEIN IN A CORN PATCH
59
LIVE FOREVER Now
73
DRUG DEALING IN AMERICA
86
7
101
8
113
PART FOUR
153
PART FIVE
195
18
258
19
277
SOURCES
293
INDEX
311
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About the author (2007)

Dan Agin has a Ph.D. in biological psychology and thirty years of laboratory–research experience in neurobiology. He is Associate Professor Emeritus of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago, and editor in chief of the online journal ScienceWeek.

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