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Nonsense on stilts : how to tell science from bunk

Author: Massimo Pigliucci
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Creationists who dismiss Darwin's theory of evolution. Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Climate change deniers who dismiss the warming planet as a hoax. These are just some of the groups that, despite robust scientific evidence, embrace pseudoscientific beliefs and practices. Why do they believe bunk? And how does their ignorance threaten us all? Noted skeptic Massimo Pigliucci sets out to separate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pigliucci, Massimo, 1964-
Nonsense on stilts.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010
(OCoLC)753429550
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Massimo Pigliucci
ISBN: 9780226667850 0226667855 9780226667867 0226667863
OCLC Number: 457149439
Description: 332 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: science versus pseudoscience and the "demarcation problem" --
Hard science, soft science --
Almost science --
Pseudoscience --
Blame the media? --
Debates on science: the rise of think tanks and the decline of public intellectuals --
Science and politics: the case of global warming --
Science in the courtroom: the case against intelligent design --
From superstition to natural philosophy --
From natural philosophy to modern science --
The science wars I: do we trust science too much? --
The science wars II: do we trust science too little? --
Who's your expert? --
Conclusion so, what is science after all?
Responsibility: Massimo Pigliucci.

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