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Free To Think

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ISBN-13: 978-0981873442
ISBN-10: 0981873448
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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Leafcutter Press (July 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981873448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981873442
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Crocker is the President of the American Institute for Technology and Science Education (AITSE), a nonprofit organization with the mission of increasing scientific understanding and integrity. Dr. Crocker taught various biology courses for five years at George Mason University (GMU) and Northern Virginia Community College. While at GMU, she won three grants, including one from the Center for Teaching Excellence, received commendations for high student ratings and wrote a cell biology workbook. Dr. Crocker did post-doctoral studies in fluorescence resonance energy transfer analysis of interactions between proteins of the T-cell receptor/NF-κB signal transduction pathway at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. While working on a Ph.D. in immunopharmacology (The Modulation of Phosphodiesterase Activity in Human T-Lymphocytes) as an external student at Southampton University, U.K., she was employed at Creighton University as a research associate, bringing in numerous grants, conducting basic immunology research, and publishing extensively. She received an M.Sc. from Birmingham University, a B.Sc. from Warwick University, and an A.A. from Des Moines Area Community College, having graduated from high school at the age of 16. Dr. Crocker now lives with her husband in California. They have four adult children (two married) and three grandchildren.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Norbert Massie on October 23, 2010
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Let this be a lesion to all those who wish to dissent from the intolerant views of the academy; no descent allowed, you will be punished. The recent firing of a prominent journalist from NPR is yet another example of "political correctness" gone wild.

It is important that each of us, even if supporters of evolution, allow a reasoned debate. Darwinism itself is under assault from within the community. The new synthesis is coming apart under the weight of overwhelming evidence.

In terms of courage, think of Anthony Flew, the famed atheist who wrote a book "This is a God." Well, not the God of Christianity but at least some kind of entity.

Even if I do not agree with Dr. Crocker in every way, there should be a lot of admiration for a lady that stood up and said openly that there are legitimate challenges to evolution.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Darwin Researcher on July 8, 2010
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Free to Think is about one politically incorrect professor's foray into the academic world. Dr. Crocker, a widely published scientist with numerous peer reviewed publications, goes into detail about both what she taught at George Mason University and how she taught it. In the end, the University did not like her challenging dogmatic fundamentalist Darwinism. What is really upsetting, documented by pages of photocopies of University documents, is how they ended her career. To be blunt, they unethically connived to censor her by very underhanded and unethical tactics, to say the least. To detail what they did here would cause one to lose credibility. You must read the original documents to comprehend what the University did to this excellent professor and how. Reading this book will make your blood boil and, if it doesn't, you need to take a good look at yourself. No one should be treated the way she was in America, the land known for its freedom to think. The book also documents the failure of the American "justice" system. The introduction by Ben Stein was also very helpful in understanding what happened to this bright scholar. Last, I was very impressed with the quality of the printing and noted only one or two typos, unusual for a book this size.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By IT Professional on December 2, 2010
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Dr. Crocker,

Thank you so much for making your personal story available to us. After years of hearing rumors about others who have faced intimidation and persecution for questioning the evolutionary dogma, that is currently entrenched within our education system, you have left no doubt, that the rumors are not rumors at all, but they are in fact, our new reality. With "Free to Think," you take us right to the frontlines of this fight for one of our most basic American rights; the right to choose for ourselves what we believe and think about the world that we live in.

As a veteran, from a family of veterans (3rd generation), I am particularly outraged that the very people that we served to protect are now actively trying to take away the very rights for which we fought. If you are not free to think and believe as you wish, then you are a slave. If a person limits or restricts the rights through their actions, then as far as I am concerned they have forfeited their right to be called an American. Who knew that after all of this time that our enemy (those who actively seek to take away our freedoms) had already entrenched themselves in the educational backbone of our country.

Thank you for sounding the alarm. Your book serves as a call to action, for those who want their children to be free to pursue an exciting life of learning and exploration of the world we live in. For those, like me, who wish to take action to restore the integrity of our scientific community, I recommend that you support the work of the AITSE in any way that you can.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Calvert on July 23, 2010
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Free to Think is a book everyone interested in science and freedom should read.

Science is the one enterprise that we should be able to trust.

It is an enterprise that holds itself out for its supposed open-mindedness and objectivity.

One is reminded of Sgt. Friday, the detective who's only interested in getting "just the facts, Ma'am."

We are told that all scientific explanations are developed using rigorous empirical tests based on data that is intersubjectively accessible to all. If one wants reliable explanations go to science.

Then we read Caroline Crocker's riveting story. The first thought that comes to mind is Galileo.

Galileo was a scientist who was excommunicated because he brought to light data, which contradicted a particular religious preconception of the universe. In response Francis Bacon wrote an essay in 1620 which urged the removal of biases and preconceptions from science so that it could seek knowledge with an open mind. His essay was the foundation for the scientific method and caused the eventual removal of theistic preconceptions from science.

Unfortunately, the removal of the theistic preconception has caused science to embrace a non-theistic one. The preconception is called methodological naturalism or scientific materialism. Its irrefutable dogma promotes a different kind of religion called Religious/"Secular" Humanism. It is the religion of Atheists, Freethinkers, Agnostics and a variety of other materialistic religious belief systems. It has moved science from an open-minded search for truth to an enterprise that promotes an Atheistic worldview.

So, like Galileo, Dr.
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