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  • booksreddit.com:The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

    The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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    “A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.” *Los Angeles Times”POWERFUL . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.” *The Washington Post Book WorldHow can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of sci…


  • booksreddit.com:The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World (Penguin Press Science)

    The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World (Penguin Press Science)

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    Moving on from his books on chaos (“Does God Play Dice?”) and symmetry (“Fearful Symmetry”), the author of this book deals with the wider field of complexity theory. The book tackles the question of how complexity arises in nature, of how life overcomes chaos and entropy to create developing order. Co-written with biologist Jack Cohen, the book will range across the central areas of modern science, from quantum mechanics and cosmology to evolution and intelligence, looking at the central ques…


  • booksreddit.com:The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

    The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

    869

    “A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.” *Los Angeles Times”POWERFUL . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.” *The Washington Post Book WorldHow can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of sci…


  • booksreddit.com:The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

    The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

    753

    “A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.” *Los Angeles Times”POWERFUL . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.” *The Washington Post Book WorldHow can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of sci…


  • booksreddit.com:The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

    The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

    752

    “A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.” *Los Angeles Times”POWERFUL . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.” *The Washington Post Book WorldHow can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of sci…


  • booksreddit.com:Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke t...

    Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke t…

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    “Merchants of Doubt should finally put to rest the question of whether the science of climate change is settled. It is, and we ignore this message at our peril.”-Elizabeth Kolbert “Brilliantly reported andwritten with brutal clarity.”-Huffington Post Now a powerful documentary from the acclaimed director of Food Inc., Merchants of Doubt was one of the most talked-about climate change books of recent years, for reasons easy to understand: It tells the controversial story of how a loose-knit g…


  • booksreddit.com:Great Mambo Chicken And The Transhuman Condition: Science Slightly Over The Edge

    Great Mambo Chicken And The Transhuman Condition: Science Slightly Over The Edge

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    Enter the gray area between overheated imagination and overheated reality, and meet a network of scientists bent on creating artificial life forms, building time machines, hatching plans for dismantling the sun, enclosing the solar system in a cosmic eggshell, and faxing human minds to the far side of the galaxy. With Ed Regis as your guide, walk the fine line between science fact and fiction on this freewheeling and riotously funny tour through some of the most serious science there is….


  • booksreddit.com:The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

    The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

    501

    “A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.” *Los Angeles Times”POWERFUL . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.” *The Washington Post Book WorldHow can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of sci…


  • booksreddit.com:The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science- and Reality

    The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science- and Reality

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    I am 32 I am open about my support for Sanders but need some help
    Bestselling author Chris Mooney uses cutting-edge research to explain the psychology behind why today’s Republicans reject reality—it’s just part of who they are.From climate change to evolution, the rejection of mainstream science among Republicans is growing, as is the denial of expert consensus on the economy, American history, foreign policy and much more. Why won’t Republicans accept things that most experts agree on? Why are they constantly fighting against the facts?Science writer Chri…


  • booksreddit.com:Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Science and Its Conceptual Foun...

    Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Science and Its Conceptual Foun…

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    If you could pick 5 philosophy texts that should be read what are they and why?
    How does science work? Does it tell us what the world is “really” like? What makes it different from other ways of understanding the universe? In Theory and Reality, Peter Godfrey-Smith addresses these questions by taking the reader on a grand tour of one hundred years of debate about science. The result is a completely accessible introduction to the main themes of the philosophy of science.Intended for undergraduates and general readers with no prior background in philosophy, Theory and Real… more about book…


  • booksreddit.com:Deep Time: How Humanity Communicates Across Millennia

    Deep Time: How Humanity Communicates Across Millennia

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    Combining the logical rigor with the lyrical finesse of a novelist , award-winning author Gregory Benford explores these and other fascinating questions in this provocative analysis of humanity’s attempts to make its culture immortal.  In Deep Time he confronts our growing influence on events hundreds of thousands of years into the future and explores the possible “messeges” we may transmit to our distant descendants in the language of the planet itself, from nuclear waste to global warming t…


  • booksreddit.com:Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science

    Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science

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    With the emergence of “cultural studies” and the blurring of once-clear academic boundaries, scholars are turning to subjects far outside their traditional disciplines and areas of expertise. In Higher Superstition scientists Paul Gross and Norman Levitt raise serious questions about the growing criticism of science by humanists and social scientists on the “academic left” This paperback edition of Higher Superstition includes a new afterword by the authors.


  • booksreddit.com:The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI

    The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World’s Most Astonishing Number

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    Throughout history, thinkers from mathematicians to theologians have pondered the mysterious relationship between numbers and the nature of reality. In this fascinating book, Mario Livio tells the tale of a number at the heart of that mystery: phi, or 1.6180339887…This curious mathematical relationship, widely known as “The Golden Ratio,” was discovered by Euclid more than two thousand years ago because of its crucial role in the construction of the pentagram, to which magical properties ha…


  • booksreddit.com:Exploring Creation with Biology (Textbook Only)

    Exploring Creation with Biology (Textbook Only)

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    This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course. Typically, we recommend that the student take this course during the same year that he or she is taking Algebra 1. Exploring Creation with Biology is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. With a strong emphasis on the vocabulary of biology, the course provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom …


  • booksreddit.com:The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science- and Reality

    The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science- and Reality

    364

    Bestselling author Chris Mooney uses cutting-edge research to explain the psychology behind why today’s Republicans reject reality—it’s just part of who they are.From climate change to evolution, the rejection of mainstream science among Republicans is growing, as is the denial of expert consensus on the economy, American history, foreign policy and much more. Why won’t Republicans accept things that most experts agree on? Why are they constantly fighting against the facts?Science writer Chri…


  • booksreddit.com:Scientific Realism: How Science Tracks Truth (Philosophical Issues in Science)

    Scientific Realism: How Science Tracks Truth (Philosophical Issues in Science)

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    Plenty of today’s scientific theories will one day be discredited. So should we be sceptical of science itself?
    Scientific realism is the optimistic view that modern science is on the right track: that the world really is the way our best scientific theories describe it . In his book, Stathis Psillos gives us a detailed and comprehensive study which restores the intuitive plausibility of scientific realism. We see that throughout the twentieth century, scientific realism has been challenged by philosophical positions from all angles: from reductive empiricism, to instrumentalism and to modern sceptical… more about book…


  • booksreddit.com:The Scientific Image (Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy)

    The Scientific Image (Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy)

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    “It’s a delusion to believe that causality is built into the fabric of the world and that science is uncovering the laws of causality by empirical observation. Causality is not in the world. It is constructed in the head of the observer.”
    In this book van Fraassen develops an alternative to scientific realism by constructing and evaluating three mutually reinforcing theories. more about book…


  • booksreddit.com:The Social Construction of What?

    The Social Construction of What?

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    Every French Postmodernist EVER
    Lost in the raging debate over the validity of social construction is the question of what, precisely, is being constructed. Facts, gender, quarks, reality? Is it a person? An object? An idea? A theory? Each entails a different notion of social construction, Ian Hacking reminds us. His book explores an array of examples to reveal the deep issues underlying contentious accounts of reality.Especially troublesome in this dispute is the status of the natural sciences, and this is where Hacking fi… more about book…


  • booksreddit.com:The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

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    Looking for something to read involving science.
    Thomas S. Kuhn’s classic book is now available with a new index.”A landmark in intellectual history which has attracted attention far beyond its own immediate field. . . . It is written with a combination of depth and clarity that make it an almost unbroken series of aphorisms. . . . Kuhn does not permit truth to be a criterion of scientific theories, he would presumably not claim his own theory to be true. But if causing a revolution is the hallmark of a superior paradigm, [this book] has be… more about book…