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    Science, Nonscience, and Nonsense
    Approaching Environmental Literacy

    by Michael Zimmerman

    Science, Nonscience, and Nonsense • Read More

    • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
    • Author: Michael Zimmerman
    • ISBN: 9780801857744 (0801857740)
    • Release date: September 16, 1997
    • Format: paperback, 232 pages
    • Language: english

    About The Book

    As the role of science and technology in everyday life grows both more pervasive and more complex, it has become ever more difficult for a scientifically “illiterate” public to make informed judgments. In Science, Nonscience, and Nonsense, Michael Zimmerman takes on a wide range of falsifiers, disinformation specialists, and charlatans to provide readers with the scientific background necessary to evaluate environmental and other current issues that increasingly may be a matter of life and death. Zimmerman begins by showing just what science is — and how the criteria of skepticism and falsifiability distinguish it from pseudoscience and mysticism. He offers intelligent, entertaining, and sometimes scathing analyses of bad science — from lottery “systems” and creationism to graphologists and homeopaths, from food and product safety scams to outright scientific fraud. In each case he shows exactly what to watch for — how the most outrageously false claims often contain a grain of truth, and how valid scientific findings may be distorted or selectively quoted to serve the ends of government, business, or special interest groups.

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