Lies, Damned Lies, and Science…

I just received an email about the release of this new book

Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: How to Sort through the Noise around Global Warming, the Latest Health Claims, and Other Scientific Controversies
by Sherry Seethaler

Here is the overview:

Are antioxidants good or bad for you? Is global warming real – and if so, why it is happening? Do scientists really now think that sun exposure prevents cancer? Is organic food healthier? Do antidepressants trigger suicides? Every day, the media is packed with stories about health and science: stories that can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Which of these stories really matter? Non-scientists desperately need tools for telling the difference between real science and misleading science.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: How to Sort through the Noise around Global Warming, the Latest Health Claims, and Other Scientific Controversies (FT Press Science, ISBN-13: 9780137155224, $24.99, 224 pps, hardcover, February 2009) www.ftpress.com/science helps readers sort out today’s noisiest scientific debates — and gives them common-sense techniques for evaluating any health or scientific claim. Sherry Seethaler, a science writer and educator at University of California, San Diego, works with scientists to explain their discoveries to the public. Seethaler holds an M.S. and Master of Philosophy in biology from Yale, and a Ph.D. in science and math education from UC Berkeley.

Seethaler says, “Those who promote incorrect information, either because they are trying to manipulate you, or because they themselves have been duped or are simply misinformed, rarely have more knowledge about science than you do. What they have are skills at using information to suit their purposes.”

This could be very good, or very not-good. Anyone read it?


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