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Junk Science: An Overdue Indictment of Government, Industry, and Faith Groups That Twist Science for Their Own Gain

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"A passionate, minutely informed, and scrupulously fair analysis of all the abuses and misuses of science that are rampant today—a clarion call to action that concerns us all."—Oliver Sacks, M.D., author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The American public is suffering from a rampage against reason by special interests in government, commerce, and th
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2006)
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Oct 19, 2010 Kirsten rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I think he has a good idea here, but in the end, he ends up being just as dogmatic and one sided as the people he's portraying. I think it's great that the author wants to show people how they are being tricked, because they are, but I think the language in this book is aimed at people who are more science purists. I have to say, given that I study science, I already knew about all these issues, and I just felt that the author would alienate people who were more in the middle and just curious. H ...more
May 01, 2014 J.P. rated it really liked it
I think this book is well written for a general audience. It goes into various topics such as pollution, gmo's, diet, to how the addictive affects of tobacco were intentionally hidden from the public, science (mis)used in information given about public safety & warfare, to stem cells, cloning & race. On all of these various topics it gives a general overview of how this misinformation is spread & some key players in the spread of said misinformation. If you are not familiar with some ...more
Jun 09, 2008 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well researched, feebly written.
Feb 22, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book so far, but my only complaint would be that it's a little too dogmatic. If your entire belief systems and worldview are derived from published, peer-reviewed journals, you won't notice anything. I'm a big believer in science, but I have to say, I'm still a little unsure of the long term implication of widespread genetically modified foods. As the author says, hey, it's already been going on for seven years now. Clearly we were all worryworts since nothing has happened! (N ...more
Mar 11, 2013 Kerry rated it really liked it
Certainly one of the most depressing books I have ever read, but one that really needs to be read more widely. It really highlights the damage done to science and to progress in the US in recent years. Science and reason have been the main victims of the culture wars of the last 25 years or so. Hopefully with the Republican failure to win back government in 2012 there will be some re-assessment done and the medieval influence of the religious right and the big spending of the corporations will b ...more
Started skimming and gave up. I have no doubt it contains some good information but I couldn't stand the author's arrogant, condescending tone.
Lucas Bleicher
Jun 10, 2014 Lucas Bleicher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. It raises important concerns in many different areas, and always goes right to the point. Which may be a problem to some - perhaps the tone could be softer. Anyway, the author is completely right to be enraged about what happens when science is twisted.
Lauren Linhares
Could not finish. I can't stand when books/any form of media attempts to prove a point or provide counter-arguments but does so in a way that's just as biased and semi-slanderous as what they're arguing against. I should have known it would be like that, no book about science with a logical point of view just throws "AUTHOR'S NAME, PhD." on the front.
Oct 24, 2007 Summer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This and other books are important for building a healthy foundation of intellectual skepticism, a quality which I wish more people had. I wish this book had been longer, though, and its topics more thoroughly discussed - I'm not completely convinced, for example, that psychiatry is as useless as Agin thinks.
Sep 26, 2008 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the author makes some very good points, he writes in a fashion that is somewhat harsh, blasting anyone who holds belief in the supernatural. However, he has good advice, especially for politicians. I recommend this book to all politicians or those who aspire to be politicians!
Oct 26, 2008 Russell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's easy to shine a light on a problem, but hard to propose solutions to people problems.
Apr 12, 2010 Barry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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