By Michael Shermer
"Michael Shermer has given loads of issues loads of inspiration. in the event that your perceptions have ever rubbed you the opposite direction, you'll locate Science Friction fascinating." --Bill Nye, The technological know-how Guy
A scientist pretends to be a psychic for a day--and fools every person. An athlete discovers that good-luck rituals and entering into "the zone" may perhaps, or would possibly not, increase his functionality. A son explores the possiblities of different and experimental medication for his cancer-ravaged mom. And a skeptic realizes that it's time to flip the skeptical lens onto technology itself.
In all of the fourteen essays in Science Friction, bestselling writer Michael Shermer explores the very own limitations and biases that plague and propel technological know-how, in particular while scientists push opposed to the unknown. What will we understand and what can we now not be aware of? How does technological know-how reply to controversy, assault, and uncertainty? while does idea turn into accredited truth? As continually, Shermer offers a thought-provoking, attention-grabbing, and pleasing view of lifestyles within the medical age.
"Meaty bills [and] enjoyable dialogue . . . really worth having." --The Washington submit publication World
"[Shermer's] major obsession is the reality . . . novice skeptics will examine from his matter-of-fact dismissals of astrology and creationism." --Psychology Today
"Extremely entertaining." --Science News