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The Resource Nonsense on stilts : how to tell science from bunk, Massimo Pigliucci

Nonsense on stilts : how to tell science from bunk, Massimo Pigliucci

Label
Nonsense on stilts : how to tell science from bunk
Title
Nonsense on stilts
Title remainder
how to tell science from bunk
Statement of responsibility
Massimo Pigliucci
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Creationists who dismiss Darwin's theory of evolution. Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Climate change deniers who dismiss the warming planet as a hoax. These are just some of the groups that, despite robust scientific evidence, embrace pseudoscientific beliefs and practices. Why do they believe bunk? And how does their ignorance threaten us all? Noted skeptic Massimo Pigliucci sets out to separate the fact from the fantasy in this entertaining exploration of the nature of science, the borderlands of fringe science, and--borrowing a famous phrase from philosopher Jeremy Bentham--the nonsense on stilts. Covering a range of controversial topics, Pigliucci cuts through the ambiguity surrounding science to look more closely at how science is conducted, how it is disseminated, how it is interpreted, and what it means to our society. The result is in many ways a "taxonomy of bunk" that explores the intersection of science and culture at large"--From publisher description
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1964-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pigliucci, Massimo
Dewey number
500
Index
index present
LC call number
Q172.5.P77
LC item number
P54 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pseudoscience
  • Science
Label
Nonsense on stilts : how to tell science from bunk, Massimo Pigliucci
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223096086989
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: science versus pseudoscience and the "demarcation problem" -- Hard science, soft science -- Almost science -- Pseudoscience -- Blame the media? -- Debates on science: the rise of think tanks and the decline of public intellectuals -- Science and politics: the case of global warming -- Science in the courtroom: the case against intelligent design -- From superstition to natural philosophy -- From natural philosophy to modern science -- The science wars I: do we trust science too much? -- The science wars II: do we trust science too little? -- Who's your expert? -- Conclusion so, what is science after all?
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
332 p.
Isbn
9780226667867
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2009049778
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40017831482
System control number
  • 457149439
  • (OCoLC)457149439
Label
Nonsense on stilts : how to tell science from bunk, Massimo Pigliucci
Publication
Bar code
31223096086989
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: science versus pseudoscience and the "demarcation problem" -- Hard science, soft science -- Almost science -- Pseudoscience -- Blame the media? -- Debates on science: the rise of think tanks and the decline of public intellectuals -- Science and politics: the case of global warming -- Science in the courtroom: the case against intelligent design -- From superstition to natural philosophy -- From natural philosophy to modern science -- The science wars I: do we trust science too much? -- The science wars II: do we trust science too little? -- Who's your expert? -- Conclusion so, what is science after all?
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
332 p.
Isbn
9780226667867
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2009049778
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40017831482
System control number
  • 457149439
  • (OCoLC)457149439

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