Science but Not Scientists

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Author House, Oct 18, 2006 - Education - 740 pages
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The historic Science Textbook Struggle -- a worldwide battle about the origin of the universe, life, and man -- erupted without warning. It caught the scientific illuminati completely by surprise. Why? Because science textbooks had become filled with wild, unbelievable stories about the beginning of everything. And those tales were simply not scientific! The universe starting with a Big Bang, life arising out of a soup of lifeless amino-acids, humans produced by apes . . . those myths had only replaced ancient Greek mythology and were being passed off as scientific truths!

Caught in the crossfire between educators, news media, textbook publishers, religious notables, and world renowned scientists -- including nineteen Nobel laureates -- was a private citizen. Father of six schoolchildren, he had only one goal: to prove that science never will have answers for origins! He was up against the arrogance of scientists who were determined to disguise their private beliefs as being the only explanations for the origin of the universe, life, and man.

This story concludes with a great victory for objectivity -- with more than 200 changes being made in textbooks -- over the objections of the National Academy of Sciences. All discussion about origins was transformed -- by admission that stories about them are based solely on personal views of individual scientists. Remarkably, 3,000 scientists around the world later signed an affirmation to assure that this issue of belief-over-fact in science never be repeated.

Wernher von Braun, father of America’s space program, writes in the Foreword: “Vernon Grose, in tracing out in Science But Not Scientists his personal involvement in the vortex of these two forces, illustrates one more time the humanity of scientists – their likelihood of being just as prejudiced and bigoted as anyone untrained in science. He properly calls for objectivity rather than scientific consensus. He rightly urges that message rather than messenger should be scrutinized and tested for validity. Science will be the richer and humanity the ultimate beneficiary by heeding this clarion call.”

 

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Contents

WONDER ABOUT ORIGINS
1
Prologue Chapter 1 and Chapter
2
ONLY ONCE
7
EVENTS EVOKING ENIGMA
37
SCIENCE IS LIMITED?
44
SUCCESS BREEDS POWER
55
POWER BREEDS DANGER
66
DOGMATISM
86
BACK TO SLEEP
245
SUBTLE SHIFT
262
ASTONISHING APPOINTMENT
272
AWAKEN WITH ALARM
281
PARADE OF PERSISTENT PUBLISHERS
320
NATIONAL ALERT
331
MOBILIZE EN MASSE
340
MOBILIZED MEETINGS
369

OFF LIMITS
97
PART II
105
FRAMEWORK FRAY
120
MEMBER OF THE AUDIENCE
129
CITIZENS SPEAK OUT?
142
RAISE A STRAW MAN
160
REPAIR BY REASON?
181
CAUTION TO THE WIND
189
SUPPRESS BY THREAT
199
INTIMATE INTIMIDATION
216
CRITICAL CRITERIA
235
DEFEAT OF DOGMATISM
411
RESOLVE WITH POMPOSITY
444
REBUFF OF NOBILITY
461
ADDRESS THE ISSUE?
485
ONWARD TO OBJECTIVITY
535
EPILOGUE
557
Endnotes
570
Exhibits
596
Index
696
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Vernon L. Grose is the central figure in the famous Science Textbook Struggle.  Simply responding to a newspaper editorial, he was drawn into an unbelievable role of treading through a minefield of conflicting forces.  In the process, he was appointed as Curriculum Commissioner – even while engaged in his unrelated profession.

 

Today, he is Chairman of Omega Systems Group Incorporated . . . international expert in systems methodology . . . Reagan appointee to the National Transportation Safety Board . . . executive in three major corporations . . . university professor in Europe and US . . . consultant to Fortune 100 corporations . . .  Over 400 interviews on the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC 20/20, CBS Newswatch, CNN World Report, O’Reilly Factor, Lehrer News Hour, Hannity & Colmes, and BBC-London . . .  Author of best-selling MANAGING RISK: Systematic Loss Prevention for Executives . . . Listed in International WHO’S WHO of Intellectuals and WHO’S WHO in the World

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