Reviews - What do customers think about Junk Science Judo: Self-Defense against Health Scares and Scams?
Exposing the nonsense spoon fed to the American public May 2, 2007
Junk Science Judo Exposes the non-critical nature of journalists and politicians towards "science." Once clothed in the garb of "science" any and all claims are relayed with breathless hysteria and stated with the sort of dogmatic certainty that would make the pope nervous. Of course, with each and every one of these claims, immediate action is necessary and litigation and new laws are rushed through with dramatic, life saving urgency. The reality is that one or even two scientific studies isn't enough to base legislation on. That's where the ever so handy precautionary principle comes in. If it MIGHT be harmful, it needs to be outlawed. Like DDT. Who cares about millions of Africans dying of malaria? DDT might (though there is little or no actual proof) be harmful to waterfowl!
Warning: Junk Science Judo is junk science Apr 27, 2007
Haven't read the book, but I have heard of Milloy and many of the other "experts" out there trying to protect us from "junk science" (I have read Milloy's website extensively, this is apparently more of the same). Sure, there's a lot of actual bad science out there, but the term "junk" only seems to be applied when someone is trying to knock down good science in the name of corporate (or religious) interests. If you still want to read this book, do so with the understanding that it was written with an agenda. You might be better off reading someone like Sagan (The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark) to help you in your journey towards a true understanding of science.
Sensei Steven Milloy, 9th Dan Junk Science Judo Oct 15, 2006
Whether you are a newbie in science, or do research, Milloy's work is exceptionally relevant, and at the same time intensely interesting.
Sadly, there seem to be very few people doing exactly what is needed in this growing area of scientific vandalism, and I applaud Milloy's courage in writing this work and others on the same or similar topic. He shows great creativity in the style and format used to write this work. It is exceptionally interesting to read, and captivates. My copy was on my office desk for exactly three days, and then without a routing list made it way through some of the science staff.
I wish I had kept the statistics on this, and could plot the exact point that this work seeded an intense discussion. Perhaps a critical mass of people had been reached, and the fallout was exceptional. I suppose it will simply take more time as more and more people read, and understand the difficulties Milloy cites. It would be a shame to re-live the problems of yesteryear, and with Milloy showing the problems before they become epidemic, a double shame.
Awareness if so very difficult to acquire, but Milloy does help open eyes. I would heartily recommend this book.
Junk Science Judo Aug 14, 2006
If you are unaware that most of what is broadcast as fact is really only Theoretic because even when a scientific study has been done but not repilicated it is still only someone's theory, this book will be an eye opener. As another author has said, "There are statistics, statistic and damned lies." On the other hand if you are not "up" for having your pet theory debunked as junk science better not read this book.
Is this a junk book? Jan 1, 2006
In the name of science, you will try to prove with propagande; if you really want to decode how junk scientifics manipulate the world: go http://nomorefakenews.com and do not buy this junk BOOK!