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Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience, and Just Plain Bunk How to Tell the Difference
978-1-4422-1726-3 • Hardback
December 2012 • $38.00 • (£22.95)
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Pages: 280
Size: 6 x 9 1/4
By Peter A. Daempfle
 
Education | Teaching Methods & Materials / Science & Technology
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
We are constantly bombarded with breaking scientific news in the media, but we are almost never provided with enough information to assess the truth of these claims. Does drinking coffee really cause cancer? Does bisphenol-A in our tin can linings really cause reproductive damage? Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience, and Just Plain Bunk teaches readers how to think like a scientist to question claims like these more critically.

Peter A. Daempfle introduces readers to the basics of scientific inquiry, defining what science is and how it can be misused. Through provocative real-world examples, the book helps readers acquire the tools needed to distinguish scientific truth from myth. The book celebrates science and its role in society while building scientific literacy.
Peter A. Daempfle is associate professor of biology at SUNY College of Technology at Delhi. He has taught in the sciences for more than 20 years and has served as an advisor in the standards-based reform effort, working to improve national science literacy and to advance the importance of scientific thinking.
List of Figures

Preface

I. Science Tools

1: Introduction

2: Science is Arguing

3: Tools Scientists Use

4: Science for Every Person

5: The Role of Critical Thinking


II. Science in Everyday Life

6 : The Media

7: Pseudoscience

8: Debunking Science Myths: Separating Fact from Fluff

9: What are Scientists’ Responsibilities?


III. Science: Threats or Compromises

10: Science Progress

11: Getting People to Love Science

12: Driving the Economy through Science

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Glossary
Index

Daempfle describes the scientific method and critical thinking in Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience, and Just Plain Bunk. . . . The author's goal is to show readers 'how to think like a scientist,' enhance science literacy, and illustrate the use and misuse of science. Case studies are included throughout the text. After the introduction, subsequent chapters describe arguing in the evaluation of science and science information; scientific tools; and championing science and scientific thinking for all people. Further discussions address critical thinking; media influence; pseudoscience; and science myths. Later chapters address the responsibilities of scientists in terms of ethics and in communication; challenges; raising the status of scientists and scientific careers; and science as an economic driver. . . . [It] will interest high school and college science students and their families and teachers. Summing Up: Recommended. All undergraduate students, high school students, general readers, and science educators.
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Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience, and Just Plain Bunk: How to Tell the Difference addresses the nature of the sciences within a multidisciplinary context through the use of intriguing examples and a provocative writing style that urges the reader into deeper inquiry—the essence of science itself.
Marlene M. Hurley, State University of New York, Empire State College


I find this book to be fascinating, provocative, and stimulating at the same time. Not just a "must read" for everyone in the field of science and science education, but an excellent resource for cultivating and promoting science literacy for everyone.
Julita Lambating, California State University, Sacramento


Daempfle sets out to do something very important – to make scientific thinking more accessible to a broader segment of the future workforce. This is good for the student/future worker and good for society.
Tom Hopcroft, president & CEO, Mass Technology Leadership Council, Inc


Getting new and non-scientists engaged in science. This book is an excellent example of what science books should bring to the conversation—how to think like a scientist and why it is important for every one of us to do so. Daempfle allows the reader to look behind the curtain and see science as a whole rather than an isolated field. This book is enjoyable especially as science myths are debunked--right up there with Mythbusters for educators!
Jennifer A. Richardson, Purdue University


Peter Daempfle’s Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience and Just Plain Bunk: How to Tell the Difference is a must read for any individual who wishes to evaluate competing arguments, develop informed opinions and make sound decisions on contemporary issues involving science. It is a well-written and timely work, which will serve equally well as a textbook for scientific literacy studies in higher education.
John R. Reeher, State University of New York


  • Explores common scientific questions to determine which answers are true and which are a myth, including: Is high fructose corn syrup making us fat? Does eating char-grilled meat cause cancer? Is homosexuality the result of parenting and the early childhood environment?


  • Helps readers think like scientists by introducing basic tools of scientific literacy


  • Discusses how media influences what we think of as true or false


  • Filled with provocative real-life examples drawn from the author’s research and popular media


Peter A. Daempfle was interviewed on Impact Show 605. See the July 2013 interview at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNDAKUrKxuE

 
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