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Author Park, Robert L., author.

Title Voodoo science : the road from foolishness to fraud / Robert L. Park
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
©2000
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Contents Cover Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Preface -- 1 It'S Not News, It'S Entertainment In Which the Media Covers Voodoo Science -- 2 The Belief Gene In Which Science Offers a Strategy for Sorting Out the Truth -- 3 Placebos Have Side Effects In Which People Turn to "Natural" Medicine -- 4 The Virtual Astronaut In Which People Dream of Artificial Worlds -- 5 There Ought to Be a Law In Which Congress Seeks to Repeal the Laws of Thermodynamics -- 6 Perpetuum Mobile In Which People Dream of Infinite Free Energy
7 Currents of Fear In Which Power Lines Are Suspected of Causing Cancer -- 8 Judgment Day In Which the Courts Confront "Junk Science" -- 9 Only Mushrooms Grow in the Dark In Which Voodoo Science Is Protected by Official Secrecy -- 10 How Strange is the Universe? In Which Ancient Superstitions Reappear as Pseudoscience -- Index
Summary In a time of dazzling scientific progress, how are we to separate genuine breakthroughs from the noisy gaggle of false claims? Touching on everything from Deepak Chopra's "quantum alternative to growing old," and "free energy" machines, to unwarranted hype surrounding the International Space Station, Robert L. Park leads us through the dim back alleys of fringe science, down the gleaming corridors of Washington power and even into our evolutionary past to search out the origins of voodoo science. Along the way, Park offers some simple and engaging science lessons, showing us that you don't
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Subject Science.
Fraud.
Fraud in science -- United States
Pseudoscience -- United States
Science -- Social aspects -- United States.
Fraud in science.
Fraude scientifique -- États-Unis.
LIFE SCIENCES.
Pseudoscience.
SCIENCE -- Essays.
SCIENCE -- Reference.
SOCIAL FECTORS.
Science -- Social aspects.
Sciences -- Aspect social -- États-Unis.
United States.
UNITED STATES.
United States.
Genre/Form Popular works.
Popular works.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0199760853
9780199760855