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by Lee McIntyre

  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Release date: 05-17-19
  • Language: English

Attacks on science have become commonplace. Claims that climate change isn’t settled science, that evolution is “only a theory”, and that scientists are conspiring to keep the truth about vaccines from the public are staples of some politicians’ rhetorical repertoire. Defenders of science often point to its discoveries (penicillin! relativity!) without explaining exactly why scientific claims are superior. In this book, Lee McIntyre argues that what distinguishes science from its rivals is what he calls “the scientific attitude” – caring about evidence and being willing to change theories on the basis of new evidence. The history of science is littered with theories that were scientific but turned out to be wrong; the scientific attitude reveals why even a failed theory can help us to understand what is special about science.

McIntyre offers examples that illustrate both scientific success and failure. He describes the transformation of medicine from a practice based largely on hunches into a science based on evidence; considers scientific fraud; examines the positions of ideology-driven denialists, pseudoscientists, and “skeptics” who reject scientific findings; and argues that social science, no less than natural science, should embrace the scientific attitude.

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Author

Lee McIntyre

Language

English

Length

9 hrs and 58 mins

Narrated by

Mike Chamberlain

Release date

05-17-19

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