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In Discarded Science, John Grant took a fascinating look at all the things science got wrong through the centuries. But at least those were honest mistakes. Grant's equally absorbing follow-up examines something more sinister: deliberate hoaxes and frauds. He takes us through a rogue's gallery that features faked creatures, palaeontological trickery, false psychics, and miracle cures that aren't so miraculous. See how ideology, religion, and politics have imposed themselves on science throughout history, from the Catholic Church's influence on cosmology to Nazi racist pseudoscience to the Bush Administration's attempt to deny climate change. The themes, while entertaining as ever, are serious and timely.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.48" Width: 4.72" Height: 1.34" Weight: 1.19 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher Facts, Figures & Fun
ISBN 1904332730 ISBN13 9781904332732
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More About John Grant
John Grant is the executive producer of the "Window to the Sea" television program seen on PBS. His company, Driftwood Productions, produces travel and history programs for public and cable television, including "Legendary Lighthouses" and "West Point: The First 200 Years," This is his fifth book. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania. Ray Jones is the author or coauthor of numerous books on travel and history, including the bestselling companion to the PBS series "Legendary Lighthouses." He was formerly a writing coach at "Southern Living" magazine and founding editor of "Albuquerque Living "magazine. He lives in Pebble Beach, California.
John Grant currently resides in the state of District Of Columbia. John Grant was born in 1948.
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Not a bad book, but a little over the top in places Aug 4, 2008
Grant's _Corrupted Science_ gives several examples of how the scientific process, and scientific research, has been interfered with.
Sometimes researchers fake results for various reasons ranging from flat out dishonesty, to pressure from co-workers or superiors. Scientists have also been so convinced that they are observing one thing, that they are resistant, even when proven wrong, to more accurate observations.
In other cases, however, researchers are not permitted to present their results, or even continue to work on various projects because of outside pressures. These influences can come from societal factions, government, business, religious groups or even the scientific peer-review process itself (p. 219). Their influence can be as subtle as a mass media interpretation of a research project, or as direct as denial of funding, or as bad as direct threats to scientists' careers (or lives!)
_Corrupted Science_ gives lots of examples. The usual classics are here (Cold Fusion, Intelligent Design, Piltdown Man, etc.) along with some that I had not heard of (N-rays anybody? How about Menstrual Rays?) But although some of the examples presented are downright comical, others are serious business (medical quackery, tobacco companies covering up the fact that smoking causes cancer, etc.)
Of course the worst thing that can happen is outside forces (usually a government) becoming so powerful in general, and having such an undue influence over science, that only certain ideas are allowed to be promulgated; anything out of line with the government-sanctioned ideology is ruthlessly stamped out. The obvious examples given in the book are Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia. The author puts George W. Bush's anti-science activities (such as suppressing global warming research and promoting "creation science") in this category. Personally, I think that's a bit much; as bad as Mr. Bush's actions in this area are, they are more in line with those examples found in the "Ideology Trumps Science" chapter. (No one gets sent to Guantanamo Bay for opposing Bush's stand on global warming...at least yet....). Grant's politics peep out in various other places, particularly in the "Military Madness" and "Ideology Trumps Science" chapters.
In general, there is a lot of material in this book's 336 pages. It may have flowed better in places if some of the examples were recategorized. (For example, was Pons and Fleischmann's "discovery" of cold fusion a matter of fraud, or was it more like the two scientists "seeing what they wanted to see"?)
Anyone interested in the history of science, and its battles with other societal forces, should take a look at this book.
The Irony of Corrupted Science Jul 31, 2008
All throughout Grant's book, the author reviews how scientists and governments have corrupted science in order to achieve political and/or ideological goals. All that is well and good until the book takes a bizarre twist in failing to recognize the global warming scare as corrupted science itself, which it obviously is to those who do not allow the likes of Al Gore and the mainstream media do their thinking for them.
It is clear that John Grant is a Goremonger who is fully committed to the global warming cult. And a cult is what it is in that it presents a prediction of an apocolyptic fate unless we do exactly what the global warming alarmists say. Grant repeats Gore's assertion that the debate on global warming is "over" and that there is absolutely no disagreement at all that global warming trends is man made and will doom us all, which is how cultists supress dissent. That misconception is easy for the alarmists to promote since the mainstream media is fully in their corner on this issue and never give any dissenters any exposure whatsoever.
That is why it is little known that more than 4,000 scientists from 106 countries, including 72 Nobel prize winners, signed the Heidelberg Appeal, calling for a rational scientific approach to environmental problems. Many senior scientists have also supported The Statement by Atmospheric Scientists on Greenhouse Warming, The Leipzig Declaration and finally the Oregon Petition which received the signatures of over 19,000 scientists.
Also, carbon dioxide is a minor greenhouse gas. In the atmosphere there is over a hundred times the concentration of water vapour, which is the dominant greenhouse gas.
The Earth has been warming and cooling in cycles for hundreds of millions of years and will continue to do so until the end of time in accordance to solar cycles. It is by no means static. To believe that we can get the average temperature to a certain level and actually keep it there indefinitely is absurd and assumes god-like abilities.
The global warming scare is a scam used in an attempt to hold people in thrall to big government, raise taxes, and micro-manage every aspect of everyone's lives. I am glad that we live in a democracy that allows scrutiny, debate, and dissent over this topic that John Grant would pass off as "corrupted science."
Realpolitik tries to hide the Scientific Truth+ Jun 29, 2008
This little book is packed with quite a bit of interesting informational topics, exposing political schemes to bend the truth about scientific logic.I agree with about ninty-five percent of his research findings.Yet,on a few topics he does not elaborate enough evidence to support his arguments.There are no foot-notes.There are many books listed to support his writing though.I would have given the book ,four and a half stars.I would still read it again for the vast wealth of information on scientific hoaxes,backed by shady business interests or political regimes of ill-repute.Sunlight is the best disinfectant and the truth will always shine.
Didn't read it... May 30, 2008
From a blurb on the author's website:
"The concluding chapter's three sections---"Hitler's Germany," Stalin's Russia," and "Bush's America"---examine the most egregious cases of willful scientific subornment by powerful national governments for ideological and religious purposes. Grant details efforts by the Bush administration to hide the facts of global warming, a fraud perpetrated to safeguard the enormous profits of the energy industry, and to discredit the theory of evolution for ideological purposes. Grant argues convincingly that the harm done by the Bush Administration will take generations to repair. This is a disturbing, but inescapable conclusion, and Grant's copious research drives home the reality that ideologues have been in charge of American scientific institutions since 2001 as a result of Bush's dubious electoral victory."
Wow! I was leafing through your book today at Barnes and Noble and just had to check out what you had to say about global warming. When I saw "...Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia, and Bush's America..." I needed to read no further in order to know your position. Of course scientists shouldn't mix their science with their politics, should they? Hitler, Stalin, and Bush? How `bout Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Bush? Attila the Hun, Idi Amin, and Bush? Mao, Klaus Barbee, and Bush? You were subtle, but I think I figured out the point you were trying to get across, you sly dog!
Only one thing could top this for irony: what if you global warming people are wrong? What if your data have been skewed by... Ideology? Or, better still, by $$$ in the form of grants??? Of course, we all know this couldn't happen because there's a... (what's the word?) Consensus! That's it! A consensus that the earth is warming, that this warming is caused by man, and that it will destroy civilization as we know it. This is... inescapable! Everybody knows this. If you don't, then you're a stinky head!
And the sheer dubiousness of Bush's electoral victory! Why, I've never in my life seen anything so dubiously dubious. And the dubification has, as your reviewer rightly asserts, dubified into ideologues being in charge of all, not just some but all, of our American scientific institutions since 2001 because now no scientist believes in global warming. No; that's not right. I mean, there's a consensus among scientists in favor of global warming. And the scientists are ideologues who are in the bag for Bush and don't believe in it though there's a consensus... wait, that's not right...
Anyway, thanks for a great book and a great encapsulation of just how Bush's dubious electoral victory has destroyed the earth.
Most excellent but parts less so Feb 20, 2008
Corrupted science is at the same time an excellent book and a terrible book (but most of the book is excellent). I will note two examples that show Grant either did his homework or relied on those that did. His discussion of Galileo is very accurate. He wrote that "it is less the whole truth to say that Galileo Galilei was persecuted by the Catholic Church for insisting that the earth was not the center of the universe" and that the church was not especially antagonistic to this idea, but just wanted to wait until the evidence was in, and in Galileo's day it clearly was not. Also Galileo went up against one of the greatest astronomers that ever lived, Ptolemy and the church sided with the science establishment. Grant also got the Bruno case correct (page 151). He wrote that "one of the classic tales within the history of science is that of Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), [was] burnt at the stake for his support of the new Copernican cosmology... the story of Bruno as a martyr in the name of science - with the implicit corollary that the Church condemned scientific progress - is false." (`p. 151). Grant adds that in more modern times Bruno would have been regarded as a (probably) harmless lunatic" On the other hand, his discussion of the modern Intelligent Design movement is irresponsible. For example, in his discussion of the persecution of Darwin Doubters he concludes it is not happening and the few claims commonly presented as evidence of this problem are bogus. In fact thousands of documented cases exist and he cited only 4, all inaccurately, and 3 he got from Ron Numbers' book. He then, to prove no problem exists, cited 4 cases of Darwin Skeptics who were granted PhDs without problems from schools such as Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. The problem is the cases cited go as far back as over a half century ago and he ignores the many well documented cases that have occurred more recently. To answer this question requires surveying the 3,000 or so Darwin Doubters listed on various web sites and ask them if they have experienced problems due to their stand in this area. This has been done, and we now have clear evidence that persecution is a major problem. Further, this claim has been carefully documented. All of this evidence Grant ignores, or worse, is not aware of. I could go on but will not. Aside from this chapter and one other chapter the rest of the book was first rate.