Science Under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience

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Kendrick Frazier
Prometheus Books, 2009 - Science - 370 pages
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Science Under Siege is a welcome antidote to the profound science illiteracy that, today, permeates American pop culture and the press.-NEIL deGRASSE TYSON, Astrophysicist and author of The Sky Is Not the Limit and The Pluto FilesAn entertaining and eye-opening collection of essays that advance the battle against ignorance and superstition.-STEVEN PINKER, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; Author of How the Mind Works and The Stuff of ThoughtFor more than thirty years, The Skeptical Inquirer has steadfastly championed science and reason and been the leading voice for reliable scientific examination of the paranormal and other questionable claims popularized by the media and mass culture. In this new collection of outstanding recent articles, editor Kendrick Frazier has selected some of the best writing on topics of current interest. Among the highlights are:?A Skeptical Look at September 11th which prompted a drove of responses (many angry) and was selected by Richard Dawkins for the Best Science and Nature Writing of 2003.'Carl Sagan's final question-and-answer piece on the topic of science and skeptical inquiry.'Ann Druyan's beautifully expressed Science, Religion, Wonder, and Awe.'NASA scientist Stuart Jordan's excellent appraisal of the scientific evidence for global warming, which prompted much critical response and led to another follow-up article.'Five articles on the evolution vs. intelligent design controversy?Two physicians' articles that strongly defend the value of vaccinations and critique the anti-vaccination movementOther distinguished contributors include Mario Bunge, Martin Gardner, Ray Hyman, Paul Kurtz, Chris Mooney, Joe Nickell, Stephen Pinker, and many others. This excellent collection of stimulating articles exploring science and skeptical inquiry, public controversies, and investigating pseudoscientific claims is a must for scientists, educators, skeptics, and everyone concerned about scientific literacy.Kendrick Frazier (Albuquerque, NM) is editor of the Skeptical Inquirer, former editor of Science News, and the editor of four previous collections, including Encounters with the Paranormal and Science Confronts the Paranormal. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
9
In Defense of the Higher Values
34
Carl Sagans Last QA on Science and Skeptical Inquiry
48
Can the Sciences Help Us to Make Wise Ethical Judgments?
65
Science and the Bush Administration
78
Four Common Myths About Evolution
113
Is Intelligent Design Creationism?
130
Global Climate Change Triggered by Global Warming
150
The Case for Decentralized Generation of Electricity
213
The Philosophy behind Pseudoscience
235
Flawed and Fraud
252
A Meeting of the Minds
268
Anomalous Cognition? A Second Perspective
275
Fact or Fallacy?
281
Testing Natasha
298
Dr Beardens Vacuum Energy
311

Science and Scientists in a Democracy
170
How We Can Defeat Terrorism by Reacting to It More Rationally
173
CLARK R CHAPMAN and ALAN W HARRIS
182
Vaccines Are One of Public Healths
195
A Closer Look
206
Investigating Camp Chesterfield
329
The Devious Art of Improvising Lessons One and Two
348
CONTRIBUTORS
362
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Kendrick Frazier (Albuquerque, NM) is editor of the Skeptical Inquirer, former editor of Science News, and the editor of four previous collections, including Encounters with the Paranormal and Science Confronts the Paranormal. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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