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The Geek Manifesto: Why science matters

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Whether we want to improve education or cut crime, to enhance public health or to generate clean energy, science is critical. Yet politics and public life too often occupy a science-free zone.

In this agenda-setting book, Mark Henderson builds a powerful case that science should be much more central than it is to government and the wider national conversation. It isn’t only
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Published May 10th 2012 by Random House Audiobooks (first published May 1st 2012)
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Marc
I am nearly finished, and struggling to finish. Not that I don't agree with most of what Henderson says, just that he uses so many words to say it. I guess I am what you call the choir he is preaching to, and I have lived in the world of science geeks for a lot of my adult life. Most of what I read, has been painfully obvious to me every day so I guess I'm not the best person to review it. I still think that most of the arguments could have been a bit more concise.
Brian Clegg
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s interesting that the ‘added puff’ fake sticker on the front of this book calls it ‘important’ because that is actually a very informative word about this book. What is packed into ‘important’ is that this is a really essential topic with lots of well argued material… but it’s a bit boring. And that’s kind of how I felt about the book.

In a way it suffers from the target of my agent’s non-fiction mantra: ‘Is this a book or is it an article?’ I felt that this really was more an article taken t
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Bob Drake
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for those with a science/engineering background or anyone with an interest in rationality and the importance of the scientific method. Henderson's premise is simple; the world needs more rational thinking, in politics, economics, government etc, but the very people who embody rational thought, the Geeks, are under-represented in these areas. The Geek Manifesto is a call to arms for rational thinkers to take back the ground lost to the pseudo-scientists, the religious zealots ...more
Simon Clare
I'd only have given it 2 stars until I got to the "Geeks and Greens" chapter, which was the only part I thought that actually contributed anything to the world.
While I generally agree with Henderson's views, there is nothing new here at all. I was expecting so much more considering the gushing reviews given by skeptics. I can't see this book changing the minds of anyone who didn't already value science. It's kind of a summary of the things that are already happening with a wish for more of the
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Alex Murphy
This book raised some interesting points, which definitely need to be addressed by politicians and policy groups, about the abuse of scientific evidence and ignoring by mistake or design hard science proved facts. However the first third of the book did seem a bit of a slog, where the author went through how to apply scientific methods to politics and to get more scientists and science enthusiast involved in politics and campaigning. While important this part did seem a bit too long.
The rest of
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Paul
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have an issue with how to rate this book.

on the one hand it's powerful and important, a much needed scientific injection in the otherwise person-led domain of politics. It is important that every voter pays attention to the information imparted here, but they probably won't get it from this book.

Mark Henderson, for everything he's got right in this book, has failed to inspire enthusiasm in his writing. I myself am one of the geeks that this book claims to be a manifesto for - I get excited whe
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Cathy
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, social
"The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters to Government" is an attempt to encourage the active participation of scientists and geeks in political life. Henderson primarily addresses the misuse of science for political reasons. Themes within the media, justice, education and health are given as examples to explain the lack of knowledge about the scientific method and science-based evidence, and the distortion that is often made in the name of a "higher polical cause."
Personally, I enjoyed listeni
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Bastian Greshake Tzovaras
A call for action for scientists and geeks alike. A great book on why it's important that geeks get involved with politics, why science is important for politics and what actions can be of help to make science matter for politicians. While the book has its focus strongly on the UK (most examples which are given are from there. I think because Henderson is UK-based and works as Head of Communications for the Wellcome Trust) most ideas are equally suited for other countries. Worth reading for all ...more
Andrew
The title of this book makes me wince. I know that a lot of scientists, engineers and techy folk like to think that the word ‘geek’ is no longer pejorative and is now a label to be worn with pride; however I am pretty sure that the anti-intellectual culture that has resided within the majority of UK society since the War means that the rest of the population would disagree with that. Those it’s seeking to influence might well deride something called a Geek Manifesto. Which is a shame, because it ...more
Ben
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I liked the basic premise of the book. But I didn't actually finish it as I found it just kept making the same points over and over again.
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