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The scientific attitude : defending science from denial, fraud, and pseudoscience

Author: Lee C McIntyre
Publisher: Cambridge : The MIT Press, 2019.
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An argument that what makes science distinctive is its emphasis on evidence and scientists' willingness to change theories on the basis of new evidence. Attacks on science have become commonplace. Claims that climate change isn't settled science, that evolution is "only a theory," and that scientists are conspiring to keep the truth about vaccines from the public are staples of some politicians' rhetorical  Read more...
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McIntyre, Lee C.
Scientific attitude
(DLC) 2018037628
(OCoLC)1050140618
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lee C McIntyre
ISBN: 9780262352840 0262352842 9780262352857 0262352850
OCLC Number: 1082365404
Description: 1 online resource (296 pages)
Contents: Intro; Contents; Preface; Introduction; 1. Scientific Method and the Problem of Demarcation; The Relevance of the Problem of Demarcation; 2. Misconceptions about How Science Works; The Problem with Truth and Certainty; "Just a Theory"; The Role of Warrant; 3. The Importance of the Scientific Attitude; Two Examples of the Scientific Attitude; Roots of the Scientific Attitude; Conclusion; 4. The Scientific Attitude Need Not Solve the Problem of Demarcation; A Short Detour through the Vexed Question of Necessary and Sufficient Conditions Can One Still Try to Demarcate Science From Pseudoscience?Should Everyday Inquiry Count as Science?; Couldn't the Scientific Attitude Nonetheless Work as a Modified Criterion of Demarcation?; 5. Practical Ways in Which Scientists Embrace the Scientific Attitude; Three Sources of Scientific Error; Critical Communities and the Wisdom of Crowds; Methods of Implementing the Scientific Attitude to Mitigate Error; Conclusion; 6. How the Scientific Attitude Transformed Modern Medicine; The Barbarous Past; The Dawn of Scientific Medicine; The Long Transition to Clinical Practice The Fruits of ScienceConclusion; 7. Science Gone Wrong: Fraud and Other Failures; Why Do People Commit Fraud?; The Thin Crimson Line; The Vaccine-Autism Debacle; On a Happier Note; 8. Science Gone Sideways: Denialists, Pseudoscientists, and Other Charlatans; Ideology and Willful Ignorance; Sagan's Matrix; Denialists Are Not Really Skeptics; Denialism in Action: Climate Change; What Happens When the "Crank" Is Right?; Pseudoscientists Are Not Really Open to New Ideas; Pseudoscience in Action: Creationism and Intelligent Design Theory; The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab Conclusion9. The Case for the Social Sciences; Challenges for a Science of Human Behavior; A Way Forward: Emulating Medicine; Examples of Good and Bad Social Science; 10. Valuing Science; Notes; Introduction; 1. Scientific Method and the Problem of Demarcation; 2. Misconceptions about How Science Works; 3. The Importance of the Scientific Attitude; 4. The Scientific Attitude Need Not Solve the Problem of Demarcation; 5. Practical Ways in Which Scientists Embrace the Scientific Attitude; 6. How the Scientific Attitude Transformed Modern Medicine; 7. Science Gone Wrong: Fraud and Other Failures 8. Science Gone Sideways: Denialists, Pseudoscientists, and Other Charlatans9. The Case for the Social Sciences; 10. Valuing Science; Bibliography; Index
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