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Nonsense on stilts : how to tell science from bunk

Author: Massimo Pigliucci
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2010.
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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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Pigliucci, Massimo, 1964-
Nonsense on stilts.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010
(DLC) 2009049778
(OCoLC)457149439
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Massimo Pigliucci
ISBN: 9780226667874 0226667871
OCLC Number: 680277664
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (332 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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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