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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892816317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892816316
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Milton utters some important warnings. We ignore them at our peril." (London Times)

"A very good survey of the subject with fascinating stories and examples." (Rupert Sheldrake, author of A New Science of Life and Seven Experiments That Could Change the World)

". . . explains how much our scientific culture has become a self-serving law unto itself. It wields words like reason and rationality as added weapons to impose its will, often without serious reference to the world in which we all must live." (Reg Little, New Dawn, Nov/Dec 2007)

About the Author

Richard Milton is a journalist working in Britain who has written widely on science and technology. He is also the author of Shattering the Myths of Darwinism.

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Richard Milton is a writer, journalist and broadcaster on a wide range of subjects. He currently freelances for The Daily Telegraph and other papers. He is the author of six books including "Bad Company", which The Sunday Times made its Business Book of the Week, and which sets out to explain why large corporations sometimes behave in self-defeating and even insane ways. His controversial "Alternative Science" examines how and why good science is sometimes thrown out with the bad.

His novel "Dead Secret" is a mind-blowing paranormal thriller. His latest non-fiction title "Best of Enemies" looks at Anglo-German relations through two world wars and charts the origins of modern propaganda.

His controversial "Shattering the myths of Darwinism" has caused some members of the scientific establishment to start chewing the carpet and foaming at the mouth, by daring to demand real empirical evidence in support of their Darwinian beliefs, in place of conjecture and pseudoscience.

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This book is an excellent introduction to that understanding.
Jon Norris
Yet much of the scientific community ignores this evidence and rejects all "alternative science" concepts, often without even bothering to look into it.
Stating that Mr. Milton is a "stealth creationist," is misconstruing (in that it appears the wrong book was reviewed), and false.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By W. R. Buckley on July 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
Many readers are shocked to learn that there exists an orthodoxy within the scientific community that viciously attacks theories outside the mainstream, as well as those scientists daring to research "heretical" ideas. The objectivity inherent in the scientific method cannot control human biases and machinations, however. Science has its share of fanatical, dogmatic defenders of "accepted truth" whose inquisitorial skills are neatly disguised through technical jargon and reductionist logic. Richard Milton succinctly exposes this world and deflates the popular myth that all science is conducted objectively.
This excellent book reveals how theories once summarily (and often cruelly) dismissed by the scientific establishment were later definitively proven through experimentation, demonstration, and replication (i.e., the scientific method). The author also presents many currently heretical theories that, despite repeated experimental validation, remain condemned by the scientific orthodoxy. Lovers of open-minded investigations will appreciate this book's reminder to search for ulterior motives when evaluating criticisms of someone's research. Fairness and objectivity, the author suggests, are essential in evaluating any theories. Be alert, though, when subjectivity taints the scientific ideal.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Karl on March 21, 2001
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A dangerous myth has grown up over the last hundred years or so that only scientists have *real* intelligence and knowledge - because the rest of us are just too thick to understand anything more complicated than a TV remote control.

Dangerous, because *some* scientists have used this myth to support a second myth - that they should be allowed to do just about anything they like: Because they are scientists, and the rest of us are too ignorant and stupid to understand how essential this right is.

Dangerous, also, because it is used to divert all criticism on the grounds that no-one else is smart enough or sufficiently unbiased to offer valid criticism of anything that "scientists" do.
Like the review from earlier this year, where Milton is accused of being a "stealth creationist" (what, he's big, and virtually invisible to radar?) because he dares to look at evidence that conflicts with traditional evolutionist dogma.

Well, Milton isn't *any* kind of creationist. He's a qualified electrical engineer and a science writer of over 20 years standing. And I mean a *mainstream* scienctific journalist.

Part of what he is doing in this book is bring us back to the simple recognition that science is a useful *part* of modern life - but not the be all and end all.
To this end he presents us with numerous examples of situations where the "establishment", far from pushing the boundaries of science, has fought tooth and nail to repress anything that threatens the status quo.

Like the Johns Hopkins professor who produced mathematics which proved, beyond doubt, that man-powered flight was impossible - just a week or two before the Wright brothers conducted their first flight.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jon Norris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2004
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Science is such a lovely thing. Dedicated men and women in starched white lab coats larboring over hot test tubes to make the World Of Tomorrow a virtual paradise for you and me. They labor at rational experimentation, following a strict guideline for research called The Scientific Method. These brave, industrious souls are the latest warriors in a long line who fight the battle against ignorance, superstition, religious nonsense, and Nature Herself in order to win the day for us common folk.

That is more or less the Disney-esque fairy tale as it has been force fed to school children since World War II, if not earlier. The trouble is, this is a load of propaganda that bears very little resemblance to reality or historical fact. Science is a human endeavor, and as such, it is heir to all the foibles of any human endeavor; ego, power mongering, economic scheming, and so on. It has its noble patriots, but also its ignominious villians, and it is often difficult to tell the difference without a program. In the cold fusion witch hunt, MIT researchers falsified data and presented it to the world as factual. The U.S. Patent Office still uses this faked data to deny cold fusion patents despite its having been proven to be fraudulent. So much for our heroes in white lab coats.

The greatest threat to science and scientific progress is not religion, ignorance, or superstition, it is the mistaking of a model or paradigm for Reality, or "laws of Nature." It is the creation of a type of religious fundamentalism around a paradigm - a kind of black and white, authoritarian absolutism about the model. This was a problem in the Wright Brothers' time, and it has actually gotten worse in our day. (There is an Asian saying - the finger pointing at the Moon is not the Moon.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1998
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This is one of the most interesting books I've seen in quite awhile. Well researched and written. In my opinion it is one of the most important books to read for anyone interested in any field of science. It is brilliant as a work on the sociology of science, and as a general warning to all those who pursue truth that the truth you accept today may not be there tomorrow.
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