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Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud (Paperback)
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Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 21/03/2002
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Science fascinates us by its power to surprise. Occasionally, unexpected results that appear to violate accepted laws of nature can herald revolutionary advances in human knowledge. Many 'revolutionary' discoveries, turn out to be wrong, however, and even eminent scientists have had their careers tarnished, mistakenly thinking that they have made a great discovery. This is pathological science, in which scientists are subject to self-delusion. And if scientists can sometimes fool themselves, how much easier it is to craft arguments deliberately intended to befuddle jurists with little or no scientific background. This is junk science, typically consisting of theories of what could be so, with little supporting evidence to prove that it is so. Sometimes there is no evidence at all. Ancient beliefs in demons and magic still sweep across the modern landscape, but they are now dressed in the language and symbols of science. This is pseudoscience, which its practitioners may believe to be science, just as witches and faith healers may believe they can call forth supernatural powers. What may begin as an honest error, has a way of evolving from self-delusion to fraud. As Robert Park points out, the line between foolishness and fraud is thin, and because it is not always easy to tell when that line is crossed, he uses the term voodoo science to cover them all: pathological science, junk science, pseudo-science, and fraudulent science. His book is intended to help the reader recognize voodoo science and to understand the forces that conspire to keep it alive. Scientists, Park observes, insist that the cure for voodoo science is to raise the level of scientific literacy. But what is it that a scientifically literate society should know? It is not specific knowledge of science that the public needs, Park argues, so much as a scientific world view - an understanding that we live in an orderly universe governed by natural laws that cannot be circumvented by magic or miracles.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198604433
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 264 g
Dimensions: 195 x 128 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review from previous edition Park sets the formulas aside to get at the essence of scientific thinking, and shows through real life examples how people (including scientists) are led astray. * Psychology Today September 2000 *
this book is entertaining and provocative reading * Redaktion Angewadte Chemie No. 6 2002 *
It is an admirable analysis: wittily written, vivid and put together without a hint of malice. * The Observer, 17/03/2002 *
..page by page the book is a source of great pleasure. Park is a superb storyteller, he writes gracefully with energy and charm, and the varieties of silliness he chronicles are fascinating. Most scientists will enjoy the book immensely. * Nature 7 September 2000 *
Professor Park does more than debunk, he crucifies...You'll never again waste time or your money on astrologers, 'quantum healers', homeopaths, spoonbenders, perpetual motion merchants, or alien-abduction fantasists. * Richard Dawkins *
addictively entertaining...a brave and brilliant quest * The Times 12 October 2000 *
If you want more books on sideways thinking, go straight to Robert Park's excellent Voodoo Science: The road from foolishness to fraud. * New Scientist 18/11/00 *
...a brave and witty quest to alert us to the nonsense being dressed up as science...It is an addictively entertaining read, and a must for anyone who thinks that shuffling their houseplants around will bring them love and a lottery win in 2001. * Times Books, 6th December 2000 *
This book was a joy and an entertainment. I read it like a good novel coupled with the sense of self-improvement...This book I didn't want to end and its review was a labour of love. * Prof Michael Baum, Healthwatch Newsletter April 2001 *

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