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Junk Science

How Politicians, Corporations, and Other Hucksters Betray Us

Dan Agin, Ph.D.

Thomas Dunne Books

An overdue indictment of government, industry, and faith groups that twist science for their own gain.
 
During the next thirty years, the American public will suffer 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 stinging condemnation of the egregious and constant warping of science for ideological gain.
 
In this provocative, wide-ranging, and hard-hitting book, Agin argues from the center 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, and Junk Science arms us with understanding, cutting through the fabric of lies and setting the record straight.

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Chapter One 
Science, Junk Science, and Dogma
 
Rome has spoken; the case is concluded.
--St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
 
There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any error.
--J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967)
 
What happens when dogma rules? We need the past as a guide, since only through the lens of history are the realities of the behavior of whole societies completely visible. To ignore our past, to avoid learning from it,
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"JUNK SCIENCE is 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 which concerns us all. One might wish that such a book were not needed, but it is, more now than ever before."--Oliver Sacks, M.D., author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Dan Agin, Ph.D.

  • 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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Junk Science

How Politicians, Corporations, and Other Hucksters Betray Us

Dan Agin, Ph.D.

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Thomas Dunne Books

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