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"Michael Shermer has given a lot of things a lot of thought. If your perceptions have ever rubbed you the wrong way, you'll find Science Friction fascinating." --Bill Nye, The Science Guy

A scientist pretends to be a psychic for a day--and fools everyone. An athlete discovers that good-luck rituals and getting into "the zone" may, or may not, improve his performance. A son explores the possiblities of alternative and experimental medicine for his cancer-ravaged mother. And a skeptic realizes that it is time to turn the skeptical lens onto science itself.

In each of the fourteen essays in Science Friction, bestselling author Michael Shermer explores the very personal barriers and biases that plague and propel science, especially when scientists push against the unknown. What do we know and what do we not know? How does science respond to controversy, attack, and uncertainty? When does theory become accepted fact? As always, Shermer delivers a thought-provoking, fascinating, and entertaining view of life in the scientific age.

"Meaty accounts [and] entertaining discussion . . . well worth having." --The Washington Post Book World

"[Shermer's] main obsession is the truth . . . Amateur skeptics will learn from his matter-of-fact dismissals of astrology and creationism." --Psychology Today

"Extremely entertaining." --Science News

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In each of these 14 essays, the author, a psychologist and science historian, explores the very personal barriers and biases that plague and propel science, especially when scientists push against the unknown.

Synopsis:

Bestselling author Michael Shermer delves into the unknown, from heretical ideas about the boundaries of the universe to Star Trek's lessons about chance and time

A scientist pretends to be a psychic for a day-and fools everyone. An athlete discovers that good-luck rituals and getting into the zone may, or may not, improve his performance. A historian decides to analyze the data to see who was truly responsible for the Bounty mutiny. A son explores the possiblities of alternative and experimental medicine for his cancer-ravaged mother. And a skeptic realizes that it is time to turn the skeptical lens onto science itself.

In each of the fourteen essays in Science Friction, psychologist and science historian Michael Shermer explores the very personal barriers and biases that plague and propel science, especially when scientists push against the unknown. What do we know and what do we not know? How does science respond to controversy, attack, and uncertainty? When does theory become accepted fact? As always, Shermer delivers a thought-provoking, fascinating, and entertaining view of life in the scientific age.

About the Author

Michael Shermer is a columnist for Scientific American and the author of the bestselling Why People Believe Weird Things (0-8050-7089-3), How We Believe (0-8050-7479-1), and The Science of Good and Evil (0-8050-7769-3). He is the publisher of Skeptic magazine and the founder and director of the international Skeptics Society. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805079142
Author:
Shermer, Michael
Publisher:
Owl Books (NY)
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Science Reference-Essays
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
47 bandw illus; charts t/o
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.54 x 0.93 in

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Product details 336 pages Owl Books (NY) - English 9780805079142 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In each of these 14 essays, the author, a psychologist and science historian, explores the very personal barriers and biases that plague and propel science, especially when scientists push against the unknown.
"Synopsis" by , Bestselling author Michael Shermer delves into the unknown, from heretical ideas about the boundaries of the universe to Star Trek's lessons about chance and time

A scientist pretends to be a psychic for a day-and fools everyone. An athlete discovers that good-luck rituals and getting into the zone may, or may not, improve his performance. A historian decides to analyze the data to see who was truly responsible for the Bounty mutiny. A son explores the possiblities of alternative and experimental medicine for his cancer-ravaged mother. And a skeptic realizes that it is time to turn the skeptical lens onto science itself.

In each of the fourteen essays in Science Friction, psychologist and science historian Michael Shermer explores the very personal barriers and biases that plague and propel science, especially when scientists push against the unknown. What do we know and what do we not know? How does science respond to controversy, attack, and uncertainty? When does theory become accepted fact? As always, Shermer delivers a thought-provoking, fascinating, and entertaining view of life in the scientific age.

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