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Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
Bad Science

DANE, August 29, 2015

At a time when pseudoscience, "alternative remedies" and all things "woo" seem to be growing in popularity, Ben Goldacre's "Bad Science" is a breath of fresh air. Topics include the ridiculousness of homeopathy, the shameful origins of the current anti-vax movement and the dangers of accepting "stats" at face value. The chapter on "nutritionists" was especially enlightening and by the end of it you'll be warning all your friends to steer clear of that particular group of "experts". (and as a bonus you'll learn some of the horrifying practices one particularly famous cereal-inventing nutritionist came up with!)
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Follies of Science: 20th Century Visions of Our Fantastic Future by Eric Dregni and Jonathan Dregni
Follies of Science: 20th Century Visions of Our Fantastic Future

DANE, August 10, 2015

This is such a fun book! Absolutely stuffed with full-color pictures of what the future was SUPPOSED to look like. Of course, practically none of the predictions came true but that's half the fun. With sections on transportation, robots, cities and space, Follies of Science is a wonderful example of retro-futurism!
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The Case of the Pope by Geoffrey Robertson
The Case of the Pope

DANE, July 26, 2015

Written by a human rights lawyer and judge, The Case of the Pope exposes the internal legal system of Canon Law, the Vatican's internal legal system which actually demands that church officials keep secret all allegations of child rape. With such a system such in place, it suddenly makes sense why justice for the survivors seems to be so slow in coming and why we so rarely hear of any legal prosecutions. In addition to describing this unbelievable system, Geoffrey Robertson also explains the history of the Vatican and how it navigated its way through the United Nations to ultimately achieve the unwarranted status is enjoys today.
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Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine by Simon Singh
Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine

DANE, July 20, 2015

With the west coast being the heart of all things "woo" in North America, Trick or Treatment should be mandatory reading for all of us. It's an excellent introduction into the history and efficacy of all sorts of "alternative" medicines and treatments. Whether or not you're a user of any of them, you'll be stunned by some of the things you'll learn.
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Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible by Jerry A Coyne
Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible

DANE, July 19, 2015

I've read a number of books related to this topic over the years but this is by far the best. In "Faith Versus Fact" Jerry Coyne puts forward the argument that religion and science are truly incompatible. Contrary to what many accomodationists try to make people believe i.e. Stephen Jay Gould's famous "non-overlapping magisteria", these two "ways of knowing" cannot actually co-exist. There may very well be believers who accept evolution and scientists who believe in a god but when examined more closely, these are simply instances of congnitive compartmentalization. Without any of the snarkiness of Dawkins or Hitchens etc, Coyne use numerous examples to support this claim. I don't think I've ever read a book that more clearly tackles this topic.
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