Books of interest: The golden age of fake science and dodgy statistics
|July 22, 2017||Posted by News under Books of interest, Culture, Intelligent Design, Science|
Recently, we’ve been running a featurette, Tales of the Tone Deaf, featuring dim profs writing in dozy journal about why people doubt Science and how to fix them.
They do not appear able to process the fact that the public is well aware of any number of dubious findings about nutrition, for example, marketed for decades as Science. And is beginning to learn about the corruptocrat crime labs. Yes, Science again. And then there are all the scandals around peer review to stumble over. Skeptics are replacing worshippers for a reason.
The growing reputation of universities for suppressing honest discussion in favour of group thumbsucking does not help.
No matter, a new book by Austin Ruse, Fake Science: Exposing the Left’s Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data, might offer some additional information/useful insights:
If you listen to any political argument, you’re eventually bound to hear something like: “The science is settled on this.” Or: “Just look at the statistics!” Or: “There have been studies that say…”
You’d think we were living in the golden age of science and reason. But the truth is far more sinister, says Austin Ruse. We’re actually living in the age of the low information voter, easily mislead by all-too-convincing false statistics and studies. In Fake Science, Ruse debunks so-called “facts” used to advance political causes one after the other, revealing how poorly they stand up to actual science.
Will try to review it. We need a few more entries for Tales of the Tone Deaf.
See also: David Klinghoffer: Tone deaf does not mean harmless
Dawkins dumped from Berkeley due to “hurtful words”