Dr Joe s Science Sense and Nonsense

  • Filename: dr-joe-s-science-sense-and-nonsense.
  • ISBN: 9780385666053
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 246
  • Author: Joseph A. Schwarcz
  • Publisher: Anchor Books



When did "chemical" become a dirty word? Forty or so years ago, chemistry -- which had been recognized as a miracle-making boon to humanity - somehow became associated with warfare, sinister food additives, "toxins" and pollution. It's a situation that Dr. Joe Schwarcz aims to put into perspective. Yes, there's a downside to chemistry, he says, but this is dwarfed by its enormous benefits. Dr. Joe's new collection of commentaries will inspire an appreciation for the science of everyday life, and equip you to spot the muddled thinking, misunderstandings and deceptions in media stories and advertising claims. Does organic food really always equal better food? Are vaccines dangerous? Will the latest health fad make you ill? Do expensive wrinkle creams do the job? What are the best ways to avoid cancer? The answers to such questions often lie in an understanding of the chemistry involved. Ask Dr. Joe. Science, Sense and Nonsense celebrates chemistry's great achievements, lambastes its charlatans, and explores its essential connections to our wellbeing. And does so in authoritative, highly readable, good humoured style.

The Borderlands of Science

  • Filename: the-borderlands-of-science.
  • ISBN: 0198032722
  • Release Date: 2001-05-17
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Michael Shermer
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



As author of the bestselling Why People Believe Weird Things and How We Believe, and Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic magazine, Michael Shermer has emerged as the nation's number one scourge of superstition and bad science. Now, in The Borderlands of Science, he takes us to the place where real science (such as the big bang theory), borderland science (superstring theory), and just plain nonsense (Big Foot) collide with one another. Shermer argues that science is the best lens through which to view the world, but he recognizes that it's often difficult for most of us to tell where valid science leaves off and borderland science begins. To help us, Shermer looks at a range of topics that put the boundary line in high relief. For instance, he discusses the many "theories of everything" that try to reduce the complexity of the world to a single principle, and shows how most fall into the category of pseudoscience. He examines the work of Darwin and Freud, explaining why one is among the great scientists in history, while the other has become nothing more than a historical curiosity. He also shows how Carl Sagan's life exemplified the struggle we all face to find a balance between being open-minded enough to recognize radical new ideas but not so open-minded that our brains fall out. And finally, he reveals how scientists themselves can be led astray, as seen in the infamous Piltdown Hoax. Michael Shermer's enlightening volume will be a valuable aid to anyone bewildered by the many scientific theories swirling about. It will help us stay grounded in common sense as we try to evaluate everything from SETI and acupuncture to hypnosis and cloning.

Nonsense on Stilts

  • Filename: nonsense-on-stilts.
  • ISBN: 9780226667874
  • Release Date: 2010-05-15
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Massimo Pigliucci
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



Recent polls suggest that fewer than 40 percent of Americans believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution, despite it being one of science’s best-established findings. More and more parents are refusing to vaccinate their children for fear it causes autism, though this link can been consistently disproved. And about 40 percent of Americans believe that the threat of global warming is exaggerated, despite near consensus in the scientific community that manmade climate change is real. Why do people believe bunk? And what causes them to embrace such pseudoscientific beliefs and practices? Noted skeptic Massimo Pigliucci sets out to separate the fact from the fantasy in this entertaining exploration of the nature of science, the borderlands of fringe science, and—borrowing a famous phrase from philosopher Jeremy Bentham—the nonsense on stilts. Presenting case studies on a number of controversial topics, Pigliucci cuts through the ambiguity surrounding science to look more closely at how science is conducted, how it is disseminated, how it is interpreted, and what it means to our society. The result is in many ways a “taxonomy of bunk” that explores the intersection of science and culture at large. No one—not the public intellectuals in the culture wars between defenders and detractors of science nor the believers of pseudoscience themselves—is spared Pigliucci’s incisive analysis. In the end, Nonsense on Stilts is a timely reminder of the need to maintain a line between expertise and assumption. Broad in scope and implication, it is also ultimately a captivating guide for the intelligent citizen who wishes to make up her own mind while navigating the perilous debates that will affect the future of our planet.

Body Sense Body Nonsense

  • Filename: body-sense-body-nonsense.
  • ISBN: 9780486485287
  • Release Date: 2012-04
  • Number of pages: 42
  • Author: Seymour Simon
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation



Investigates the sense and nonsense in twenty-two familiar sayings about the body, such as "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

The Sense and Nonsense of Christian Science

  • Filename: the-sense-and-nonsense-of-christian-science.
  • ISBN: 1356902200
  • Release Date: 2016-05-17
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Author: Leon Cushing Prince
  • Publisher: Palala Press



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Fashionable Nonsense

  • Filename: fashionable-nonsense.
  • ISBN: 0312204078
  • Release Date: 1999-10-29
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: Alan Sokal
  • Publisher: Macmillan



A hilarious satiric essay by a well-known scientist shows how contemporary intellectuals fond of using scientific concepts in writing concepts misuse and abuse these concepts. Reprint.

Sociobiology Sense or Nonsense

  • Filename: sociobiology-sense-or-nonsense.
  • ISBN: 9789400964389
  • Release Date: 2012-12-06
  • Number of pages: 260
  • Author: M. Ruse
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



In June 1975, the distinguished Harvard entomologist Edward O. Wilson published a truly huge book entitled, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis. In this book, drawing on both fact and theory, Wilson tried to present a com prehensive overview of the rapidly growing subject of 'sociobiology', the study of the biological nature and foundations of animal behaviour, more precisely animal social behaviour. Although, as the title rather implies, Wilson was more surveying and synthesising than developing new material, he com pensated by giving the most thorough and inclusive treatment possible, beginning in the animal world with the most simple of forms, and progressing via insects, lower invertebrates, mammals and primates, right up to and in cluding our own species, Homo sapiens. Initial reaction to the book was very favourable, but before the year was out it came under withering attack from a group of radical scientists in the Boston area, who styled themselves 'The Science for the People Sociobiology Study Group'. Criticism, of course, is what every academic gets (and needs!); but, for two reasons, this attack was particularly unpleasant. First, not only were Wilson's ideas attacked, but he himself was smeared by being linked with the most reactionary of political thinkers, including the Nazis.

Uncommon Sense Common Nonsense

  • Filename: uncommon-sense-common-nonsense.
  • ISBN: 9781847658210
  • Release Date: 2012-05-03
  • Number of pages: 142
  • Author: Jules Goddard
  • Publisher: Profile Books



This is a book for managers who know that their organisations are stuck in a mindset that thrives on fashionable business theories that are no more than folk wisdom, and whose so-called strategies that are little more than banal wish lists. It puts forward the notion that the application of uncommon sense - thinking or acting differently from other organisations in a way that makes unusual sense - is the secret to competitive success. For those who want to succeed and stand out from the herd this book is a beacon of uncommon sense and a timely antidote to managerial humbug.

Monkeys Myths and Molecules

  • Filename: monkeys-myths-and-molecules.
  • ISBN: 9781770907010
  • Release Date: 2015-05-01
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: Dr. Joe Schwarcz
  • Publisher: ECW Press



Quacks and pundits beware! The internet is a powerful beast when it comes to science; the answer to any query you may have is just a few keystrokes away. But when there are multiple answers from various sources, how do we know what information is reliable? In Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules, bestselling author Dr. Joe Schwarcz takes a critical look at how facts are misconstrued in the media. He debunks the myths surrounding canned food, artificial dyes, SPF, homeopathy, cancer, chemicals, and much more. Unafraid to expose the sheer nonsense people are led to believe about health, food, drugs, and our environment, Dr. Joe confronts pseudoscience and convincingly and entertainingly advocates for a scientific approach to everyday life.

Sense Nonsense

  • Filename: sense-nonsense.
  • ISBN: 9781462003518
  • Release Date: 2011-09-16
  • Number of pages: 292
  • Author: Francisco J. Garcia-Julve
  • Publisher: iUniverse



We all know and most likely regret the dispiriting experience of disillusionment. Starting with the truth about Santa Claus, the foundations of our lives were somewhat rattled by the realization that a certain belief we held as patently true and vital was, in reality, false. Next to being alive, the greatest human need is to be certain. Unfortunately, human nature being what it is, this very need drives us to happily rush into belief just as so many rush into marriage with the unhappy consequence of embracing untenable tenets. This collection of thoughts and propositions exposes and counters a good many of the fundamental beliefs relating to truth, freedom, faith, happiness, virtues, values, reason, science, andmany more. "Sense Nonsense" seeks to encourage you to reexamine what you know to be "true." Inspired by the saying, "People tend to believe not what is convincing, but what is convenient; not what reason dictates, but what passion demands," Francisco Garcia-Julve proposes that a deeper, unbiased look is needed to fi nd true life. Here, he offers guidance on that investigation. With the insights offered inside, you ll be better endowed to succeed.

Do You Believe in Magic

  • Filename: do-you-believe-in-magic.
  • ISBN: 9780062223005
  • Release Date: 2013-06-18
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Paul A. Offit, M.D.
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



In Do You Believe in Magic?, medical expert Paul A. Offit, M.D., offers a scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry, revealing how even though some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, many of them are ineffective, expensive, and even deadly. Dr. Offit reveals how alternative medicine—an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks—can actually be harmful to our health. Using dramatic real-life stories, Offit separates the sense from the nonsense, showing why any therapy—alternative or traditional—should be scrutinized. He also shows how some nontraditional methods can do a great deal of good, in some cases exceeding therapies offered by conventional practitioners. An outspoken advocate for science-based health advocacy who is not afraid to take on media celebrities who promote alternative practices, Dr. Offit advises, “There’s no such thing as alternative medicine. There’s only medicine that works and medicine that doesn’t.”

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