Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

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By (author) Michael Shermer

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  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 23mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0805079149
  • ISBN 13: 9780805079142
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 850,801

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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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Michael Shermer is the author of "The Believing Brain," "Why People Believe Weird Things," "The Science of Good and Evil," "The Mind Of The Market," "Why Darwin Matters," "Science Friction," "How We Believe" and other books on the evolution of human beliefs and behavior. He is the founding publisher of "Skeptic" magazine, the editor of Skeptic.com, a monthly columnist for "Scientific American," and an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University. He lives in Southern California.

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"A seeker who has found the best answers he can find in skepticism and a purely rational approach to life."