Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown
Bestselling author Michael Shermer delves into the unknown, from heretical ideas about the boundaries of the universe to Star Trek's lessons about chance and time
A scientist pretends to be a psychic for a day-and fools everyone. An athlete discovers that good-luck rituals and getting into "the zone" may, or may not, improve his performance. A historian decides to analyze the data to see who was truly responsible for the Bounty mutiny. A son explores the possiblities of alternative and experimental medicine for his cancer-ravaged mother. And a skeptic realizes that it is time to turn the skeptical lens onto science itself.
In each of the fourteen essays in Science Friction, psychologist and science historian Michael Shermer explores the very personal barriers and biases that plague and propel science, especially when scientists push against the unknown. What do we know and what do we not know? How does science respond to controversy, attack, and uncertainty? When does theory become accepted fact? As always, Shermer delivers a thought-provoking, fascinating, and entertaining view of life in the scientific age.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hcubic - LibraryThing
Several of Michael Shermer's writings have been Hal's Picks in the past. Back in October of 1997 (link is external), I recommended his "Why People Believe Weird Things", Chapter Ten of which was ... Read full review
SCIENCE FRICTION: Where the Known Meets the UnknownUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A wide-ranging if tepid collection of 14 essays by the publisher of Skeptic magazine.In his introduction, Shermer (The Science of Good and Evil, 2004, etc.) cites various biases that prevent us from ... Read full review