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TOP 500 REVIEWERon March 9, 2011
Science Under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience edited by Kendrick Frazier
"Science Under Siege" is a must-read book of essays in defense of science. The book is based on a collection of great articles presented in the Skeptical Inquirer magazine. This 370-page book is composed of thirty-seven interesting and sometimes even fascinating articles that range from sound science to investigating pseudo scientific claims.

Positives:

1. Great selection of articles about science.
2. Great accessible scientific writing for the masses.
3. The history of Skeptical Inquirer presented by one of the main drivers behind the skeptic movement, Mr. Paul Kurtz.
4. Great classic articles including contributions from Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.
5. Great format, articles are broken out into three main sections as follows: I. Science and Skeptical Inquiry, II. Critical Inquiry and Public Controversies, and III. Understanding Pseudoscience, Investigating Claims.
6. Covers all the main topics of interest involving science and the public.
7. Reliable, trustworthy and based on real science. I love it!
8. Tackling controversial issues in a direct reasonable manner.
9. Controversial look at 911.
10. Great section on investigating pseudo scientific claims.
11. There is something of interest for everyone.
12. Enjoyable read from cover to cover.
13. Educational, interesting and necessary.
14. Easy to pick up and jump to any essay.
15. Great reference book.
16. Notes at the end of each chapter and great references.

Negatives:

1. Having to wait for more books like this.

In summary, I truly enjoy books of science that help educate the public and set the record straight. Subject matter experts need to do more of this and I am thankful that we have a trustworthy source that we can rely on.

Further recommendations: "Merchants of Doubt..." by Erik Conway, "Scientific Paranormal Investigations" by Benjamin Radford, "The Faith Healers" by James Randi, and "Science and Nonbelief" by Taner Edis.
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on January 20, 2010
I got interested in the global warming and a few of the theories put forth in Dan Browns latest book the Lost Symbol so I purchased this book. It is a very no nonsense book with answers on many science topics. If you want the real story behind many of the claims made about science today this book will be a breath of fresh air and very informative. I recommend this book be on every inquiring minds bookshelf.
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on October 15, 2009
Kendrick Frazier edits SCIENCE UNDER SIEGE: DEFENDING SCIENCE, EXPOSING PSEUDOSCIENCE offers a new collection of recent articles presented in The Skeptical Inquirer magazine and offers some of the best writing on topics of current interest, from Carl Sagan's final question/answer piece on science and skeptical inquiry to physicians who defend the value of vaccinations. Over thirty articles explore the science and nature of skeptical inquiry and provide a fine series of analytical articles perfect for high school and college-level science libraries alike.
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on October 29, 2014
My english teacher assigned this book. It is by far the most interesting book of essays I have ever been forced to read.
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on June 6, 2014
The book arrived in perfect condition and was reasonably priced. Content of the book, though, was another matter. Articles in the piece are definitely pushing an agenda and are largely argumentative and philosophical rather than purely factual. I was expecting some scientific articles with data showing that evolution works, or that UFO abduction is not real. Instead, the articles were simply defending science, pushing an agenda -- one I agree with certainly, but I would have preferred more objectivity and less bias. I guess the title should've clued me in to that.
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on December 11, 2012
Its very difficult to accurately review this book - its intentions are often noble, but it quickly, at times, spins off the rails. The author(s) often make reference to science, as if there is a body of work codified as science akin to the bible. There is only the scientific method and the results it yields. Period. Although there have been attempts to put all the different results of scientific inquiry into a single framework they have been poorly received by the intellectual community, and for good reason. If the observer effect collapses the wave function amidst a shifting dimensional multiverse into an expanding dark matter reality where time travel (backwards) is soon to be an established mathematical reality, the cozy picture of a completely known and understood universal construct referenced by these authors is shown to be an intellectually vapid myth destined to disappear with many other quaint notions of the 20th century. Which is so unfortunate - the spread of insipidly vacuous new age philosophy is a rotting acid thrown onto one of the great gifts offered by American culture - the value and results of free inquiry, constrained only by the truth of logic and measured by its adherence to solid methodology and mathematical consistency. This collection however fails to hold to this standard as much of the material descends into unnecessary character assassination and trivial criticisms. read it if you feel you have to - better to be enthralled by The Elegant Universe, The Hidden Reality, Leonard Susskind and the like, and to realize how little it is we truly know about the universe we live in.
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on August 9, 2011
The first half of this book is boring. The second half of the book, which investigates the paranormal, is quite interesting.
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