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How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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Writer/cartoonist Darryl Cunningham takes on eight topics in this book, including "The Moon Hoax," "Chiropractic," "The MMR Vaccination Scandal," "Fracking," and "Climate Change." In each chapter he employs mixed media of cartooning, diagrams, and photographs to make the case for science over obfuscation. The cartooning may not parallel the graphic beauty of Winsor McCay or Hal Foster, but that isn't what's needed here. Cunningham's graphics are edgy and direct, clearly illustrating each point with just enough humor to avoid pomposity.
I wish that Cunningham had placed the chapter on "Science Denial" at the front of the book instead of at the very end. So many points made in that chapter apply to the other chapters. Beginning with "The Moon Hoax" at least establishes the roles of media-inflamed rumor and junk science in distorting our perception of reality.
Years ago, Isaac Asimov, in his introduction to James Randi's "Flim-Flam!" wrote, "Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition." In a similar vein, Darryl Cunningham writes in the introduction to his book, " Science isn't a matter of faith or just another point of view. Good science is testable, reproducible, and stands the test of time. What doesn't work in science falls away, and what remains is the truth." This could be one of the most important and relevant "comic books" of our time.
Here's one specific example of an inconsistent argument from the chapter on Global Warming: Opponent to GW says, "But isn't it true there are a growing number of scientists that now believe the global warming theory to be incorrect." Penguin's answer, "Only 2.5 percent of the worlds top 200 climate scientists are skeptical." The question asked whether the number is "increasing", not whether the number is small. Embarrassing and just one example.
There are many great comic science books out there like the "Graphic Guides To ..." series and "The Cartoon Guide To ..." series. I would like to see these same topics in comic format by an author that does not propagate the same scare tactics and poor thinking skills he insults in others.
I found Moon Landing to be entertaining, sensible, and easy to dip in and out of. I commend Cunningham for tackling controversial subjects in a clear-headed, non-partisan manner. I thought this was mostly clearly stated in his coverage of fracking. Knowing little about the subject I wasn't sure if his take would be "the fears are overblown" or "the assurances that it's safe are spurious." In the end I thought he did a good job of concluding that there is a lot more we need to know about this very new technology and that governments owed it to us to ensure there is a level of transparency and thoroughness in their oversight of the industry. To me this showed he was prepared to objectively analyse the evidence without letting a partisan worldview have him reach a conclusion based on something other than the science. Such people are rare. I look forward to reading more from him.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are many problems with this 'comic' book - which claims to advocate critical thinking, and then proceeds to ignore all the basic laws pertaining to critical study. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazone
I like the humor within the novel that lightens what can be very serious topics. it's definitely an eye opener.Published 10 months ago by Richard Holley
Cunningham does a reasonable job of poking fun at the uneducated for the first part of the book on the subjects of the moon landing and vaccination. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joseph Bisesi
this book is as bias as those on the other side. Do yourself a favor and research these items with your child - and for yourself. Read morePublished 15 months ago by anonymous
Great book. I've a PhD in science. Its good for kids - gets them to think a bit more critically about the information they receive.Published 17 months ago by clt
I am shocked and saddened to see that this book has received so many positive reviews. This book glorifies the very thing that it purports to demonize: this book is an example of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by L. Dreyer
was a required text for a class, but one of the best. very much a page turner and a quick read. Great sense of humor and obvious strong biasPublished on February 13, 2014 by Equus