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Scientific advances have transformed the world. However, science can sometimes get things wrong, and at times, disastrously so. Understanding the basis for scientific claims and judging how much confidence we should place in them is essential for individual choice, societal debates, and development of public policy and laws. We must ask: what is the basis of scientific cla ...more
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Published September 5th 2019 by Cambridge University Press
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Dunner-Kruger: "What Science Is and How It Really Works" by James C. Zimring

Science is not about winning hearts and minds. Or making people feel loved.

Have you ever been to a public Dr-degree defense? I have. Dozens. I have seen candidates in tears. Families and colleges of the candidate in tears. I have seen adults puke before defending Master-degrees and PhD degrees. I have seen candidates so relieved after 3 hrs. of hard-core attack
Lindsay Billsborrow
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really well written book and a must for all PhD students, and GCSE students as well as the lay reader. Well written, well referenced James Zimmring has explained a vast and potentially complex area in a clear consistent way.

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May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Science was always my area of interest and passion. This is the field of mystery and curiousity for my mind. This book is a deep and thoughtful reading and if you really dive into it, there are a lot of interesting things to feed your curious brain with. I found many philosophical aspects for me and the whole reading was like having a talk with the author.
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a bit of a dry read for my taste. In particular, the first part contained lengthy explanations of the Knowledge Problem and how humans reason, that could have been explained on fewer pages. However, the second and third part were more engaging, and important distinctions between science, pseudoscience and non-science have been established.

One point I highly appreciated was that what distinguishes science from other knowledge-seeking systems is not necessarily that some brilliant mi
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
We hear that a medication has been scientifically proven to be effective. But what does that really mean? What is a “scientific fact”? Zimring helps non-scientists (and perhaps some scientists) understand what science is and the process by which science is done. He helps readers be able to tell if the science was done well and whether scientific claims have, in fact, gone beyond the limits of scientific knowledge. Yes, there are limits to scientific knowledge.

I like that he walks us through how
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Interesting look at how science is different from other learning systems

I enjoyed this book. James Zimring wrote a clear, well-reasoned and well-supported review of the inner workings of science. He doesn’t whitewash - he discusses some of the mistakes scientists make but also shows how science self-corrects. And he does this with a good sense of humor. While most of the footnotes were typical citations, many did elucidate the subject matter and some were just funny, so read those. I recommend t
Diogo Provete
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book raises good points about bias humans have and makes a storm strong point that the very definition of science is to minimise them while learning something about nature.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
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James Zimring is a Professor of Pathology at the University of Virginia where he pursues basic and translational research in the field of transfusion medicine and blood biology. He has an M.D. and also a Ph.D. in Immunology, both awarded from Emory University, and has published over 120 research articles in his field of study. Professor Zimring is the recipient of multiple awards for his research ...more

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