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Tainted : how philosophy of science can expose bad science

Author: K S Shrader-Frechette
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016
Series: Environmental ethics and science policy series
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This is the first book on practical philosophy of science and how to practically evaluate scientific findings that have life-and-death consequences. Showing how to uncover scores of scientific flaws  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: K S Shrader-Frechette
ISBN: 9780199396412 0199396418 019060381X 9780190603816
OCLC Number: 1002030345
Notes: Originally published in hardcover in 2014
Description: viii, 295 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Section 1: Conceptual and Logical AnalysisChapter 1: Speaking Truth to Power: Uncovering Flawed Methods, Protecting Lives and WelfareChapter 2: Discovering Dump Dangers: Unearthing Hazards in HydrogeologyChapter 3: Hormesis Harms: The Emperor Has No Biochemistry Clothes Chapter 4: Trading Lives for Money: Compensating Wage Differentials in EconomicsSection 2: Heuristic Analysis and Developing HypothesesChapter 5: Learning from Analogy: Extrapolating from Animal Data in ToxicologyChapter 6: Conjectures and Conflict: A Thought Experiment in PhysicsChapter 7: Being a Disease Detective: Discovering Causes in EpidemiologyChapter 8: Why Statistics Is Slippery: Easy Algorithms Fail in BiologySection 3: Methodological Analysis and Justifying HypothesesChapter 9: Releasing Radioactivity: Hypothesis-Prediction in HydrogeologyChapter 10: Protecting Florida Panthers: Historical-Comparativist Methods in ZoologyChapter 11: Cracking Case Studies: Why They Work in Sciences Such As EcologyChapter 12: Uncovering Cover-up: Inference to the Best Explanation in MedicineSection 4: Values Analysis and Scientific UncertaintyChapter 13: Value Judgments Can Kill: Expected-Utility Rules in Decision TheoryChapter 14: Understanding Uncertainty: False Negatives in Quantitative Risk AnalysisChapter 15: Where We Go from Here: Making Philosophy of Science Practical
Series Title: Environmental ethics and science policy series
Responsibility: Kristin Shrader-Frechette


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