Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud
In a time of dazzling scientific progress, how can we separate genuine breakthroughs from the noisy gaggle of false claims? From Deepak Chopra's "quantum alternative to growing old" to unwarranted hype surrounding the International Space Station, Robert Park leads us down the back alleys of fringe science, through the gleaming corridors of Washington power and even into ou...more
Park is refreshingly clear that he is not writing for other scientists. His target audience is the general, no...more
Physicist Robert Park begins this wide survey of bad science with a discussion of how the media is helping to confuse Americans by regularly covering stories of exciting, but highly improbable, scientific claims. In a detailed discussion of the cold fusion disaster of 1989, he then goes on to look at basic human nature and how wishful thinking on the part of a scientist can l...more
Very much a fan of his explanations on homeopathic medicine and energy field cleansing, not to mention how the media "dumbs down" society in terms of actual scientific logic, findings and theory.
Some of it was a little heady for me because I am NOT strong personally in science, so I had to backtrack a little when I realized my comprehension was down (EMBARAAAASSING).
I liked that he explained WHY we want to believe in voodoo/pseudo/junk science (though his personal lack of...more
Park is what you'd expect from a Physics professor - a little dry, skeptical, but willing to explain...more
Is there anything it can't do?
Voodoo Science offered an in depth look into the pseudoscience the plagues the National conscious. The book examined some of the more popular aspects of pseudoscience (i.e. perpetual motion machines, homeopathy, Roswell, etc.) and the reasons why such claims are inherently false. Throughout the book a nod is given to the scientific method, as well as a sobering account of why such a method is importance.
Scientists are not cast as infallible, but rather as hu...more
"Voodoo Science" is a very entertaining and informative book that will help people judge which claims are science and which are voodoo. Emeritus professor of physics at the University of Maryland, Robert L. Park take the readers on a ride on forces that seem to conspire to keep alive voodoo science: pathological science, junk science, pseudoscience, and fraudulent science. This enlightening 240-page book is composed of the follo...more
When it's abused, then erroneous patterns are announced and people act on these questionable or downright wrong assumptions. Errors take place for all kinds of reasons - there is money involved in peddling fraudulent claims, one repeated ma...more
Park exposes the forces -- psychological, economical and political -- that sustain voodoo science. So, what's "voodoo science?" PLEASE, read this book to find out. But be forewarned, Park holds no punches, and one of your sacred cows may just be on the blo...more