Science Under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience

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For over thirty years, "The Skeptical Inquirer" has steadfastly championed science and reason and been the leading voice for reliable scientific examination of the paranormal and other questionable claims popularized by the media and mass culture. In this new collection of outstanding recent articles, editor Kendrick Frazier has selected some of the best writing on topics of current interest. Among the highlights are: 'A Skeptical Look at September 11th', which prompted a drove of responses (many angry) and was selected by Richard Dawkins for the Best Science and Nature Writing of 2003; Carl Sagan's final question-and-answer piece on the topic of science and skeptical inquiry; Ann Druyan's beautifully expressed 'Science, Religion, Wonder, and Awe'; NASA scientist Stuartiordan's excellent appraisal of the scientific evidence for global warming, which prompted much critical response and led to another follow-up article; Five articles on the evolution vs. intelligent design controversy; and, two physicians' articles that strongly defend the value of vaccinations and critique the anti-vaccination movement. Other distinguished contributors include Mario Bunge, Martin Gardner, Paul Kurtz, Chris Mooney, Stephen Pinker, Ray Hyman, Joe Nickell, and many others. A total of thirty-seven stimulating articles explore science and skeptical inquiry, public controversies, and investigating pseudo scientific claims. This excellent collection is a must for scientists, educators, skeptics, and everyone concerned about scientific literacy.

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Kendrick Frazier (Albuquerque, NM) is editor of the Skeptical Inquirer, former editor of Science News, and the editor of four previous collections, including Encounters with the Paranormal and Science Confronts the Paranormal. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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"An entertaining and eye-opening collection of essays that advance the battle against ignorance and superstition." --Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and The Stuff of Thought.

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