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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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The American public is suffering from a rampage against reason by special interests in government, commerce, and the faith industry, and the rampage has already begun. In Junk Science, Dan Agin offers a response—a condemnation of the egregious and constant warping of science for ideological gain.

Agin argues that we will pay a heavy price for the follies of people who consciously twist the public's understanding of the real world. In an entertaining but frank tone, Agin separates fact from conveniently "scientific" fiction and exposes the data-faking, reality-ignoring, fear-mongering, and outright lying that contribute to intentionally manufactured public ignorance. Many factions twist scientific data to maintain riches and power, and Agin outs them all in sections like these:

—"Buyer Beware" (genetically modified foods, aging, and tobacco companies)
—"Medical Follies" (chiropractics, health care, talk therapy)
—"Poison and Bombs in the Greenhouse" (pollution, warfare, global warming)
—"Religion, Embryos, and Cloning"—"Genes, Behavior, and Race"

We already pay a heavy price for many groups' conscious manipulation of the public's understanding of science. Junk Science serves as a reminder that Americans, as individuals, must be aware of that manipulation before making choices about health, finances, and families.

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Dan Agin has a Ph.D. in biological psychology and thirty years of laboratory–research experience in neurobiology. He is Associate Professor Emeritus of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago, and editor in chief of the online journal ScienceWeek. (http://scienceweek.com).


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  • Dan Agin has a Ph.D. in biological psychology and thirty years of laboratory-research experience in neurobiology. He is Associate Professor Emeritus of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago, and editor in chief of the online journal ScienceWeek.
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