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Fatal Attractions:
THE TROUBLES WITH SCIENCE Point here for more book info

by Henry Bauer

Paraview Press, 2001
ISBN: 1-931044-28-7 
Science, 237 pp
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THE MODERN WORLD HAS BECOME FATALLY ADDICTED TO SCIENCE. In the beginning, the natural sciences were simply humankind's storehouse of knowledge about the mechanics of the world. But increasingly, since the late 19th century, science has become a universal role model for how to acquire knowledge. Science-based metaphors pervade our words and thoughts. Science is now our very arbiter of truth. Science has even become a surrogate religion. Thus science now occupies an impossibly demanding cultural role and, inevitably, misconceptions about it are rampant. That's the root of the troubles with science, and curing those troubles requires that we understand what science's manifold faces are and allow each to have only as much influence as it really deserves.

"...intellectually rewarding...I applaud the overall scholarship and spirit of [Fatal Attractions]..." --Eugene Mallove, Infinite Energy

In this book, the meaning of science, how science really works, and the scientific method and its uses and abuses are discussed in a highly stimulating manner...I recommend this book highly for adults and students who wish to examine the creativity and analyticity of scientific thinking."
--AAAS Science Books & Films

  Henry Bauer

HENRY BAUER is Austrian by birth, Australian by education, and American by choice (since 1969). For some 25 years, he taught chemistry and carried on research in electrochemistry at the Universities of Sydney (Australia), Michigan, Southampton (England), and Kentucky. In the 1970s he turned to general issues relating to scientific activity, in particular how to differentiate science from pseudo-science. He has also served as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, held appointments in the university's Center for the Study of Science in Society, and taught both undergraduate and graduate programs in humanities and science & technology studies. Upon retirement from teaching at the end of 1999, he became Editor-in- Chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. He has authored several books, the latest of which is Science or Pseudoscience: Magnetic Healing, Psychic Phenomena, and Other Heterodoxies.

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