- Paperback: 68 pages
- Publisher: Cato Institute (December 8, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1882577728
- ISBN-13: 978-1882577729
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.2 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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of this book. That said, I got three unpleasant surprises when
1) It's only 66 pages. More of a pamphlet than a book.
2) It does not go into detail on most of the past controversies
in which science was (allegedly) silenced. You're left to try to
research them yourself (mostly without even any references).
3) The sarcastic tone in which it is written (as an alleged
manual for "how to silence science") completely omits to address
the question of whether any of the villains it names actually had
the motive of wanting to silence science (as opposed to, for
instance, legitimate reasons for doubting the validity of that
science). It seems to me that any book that makes such a nasty
accusation, and does so on the ground that "science deserves to
be heard" at that, should at least make some serious attempt to
prove that accusation. This has not been done.
Summary: This book is worth having if only to begin discussion
of an important topic. But buy it used (it's not worth the new
price) and don't treat it as the last word on anything.
I found it very helpful as an introduction to basic rules of good toxicology and epidemiology.
Richard Feynman is well known for condemning cargo cult science--the scam of looking scientific but putting out deceit.
This book explains the methods used by scaremongers so that you can identify them easily.
Along with other books that Milloy has written, one short and two long, this is still a highlight of my efforts to understand how bad science became so commonplace and how to identify it.
Interesting at first but ends up sounding like your neighbor ranting on about government conspiracy theories at the neighborhood summer picnic while you're trying to gradually back away and find a suitable way to exit the conversation.
The suggestion that a negative reviewer makes below for "Science Under Seige" as being "unbiased" is ridiculous. That work is in the camp of the Gore/Ehrlich alarmist liars. If this book is biased, then that one is 100x moreso.
Furthermore, I'd say that this book definitely holds up better on logical merits than most books which sell the opposite viewpoints.