Voodoo science park robert l. Robert L. Park (Author of Voodoo Science) 2019-02-19

Voodoo science park robert l Rating: 9,1/10 1408 reviews

Robert L. Park

voodoo science park robert l

I also felt like he took forever and a half to actually get to the meat of the Cold Fusion story. It takes a special kind of arrogance to conclude affirmatively on both those points, particularly when both experimental data and theory for an anomalous phenomenon trend strongly against the doubters, cold fusion being a prime example. I hadn't thought about the lack of results from the money spent on manned missions to space, so I appreciated that, but the chapter lacked coherence with the rest of the book. Robert Park's book is invaluable because such a sophisticated scoffer of scientific discoveries and claims keeps scientists and inventors aware they must follow established research methodologies if they wish to remain legitimate in the long view. Park admits his desire to believe in the possibility of human space travel nearly became his own bout with voodoo science. Park eloquently explains how politics, national pride and emotion have contributed to the wasting billions of dollars on a program that is—from a scientific standpoint—totally not worth it.

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Commentaries: Voodoo Science, Indeed! (Cold fusion and more)

voodoo science park robert l

It doesn't seem to fit into the flow of the rest of the book, and reads like it was jammed in as an afterthought. The common thread is the lack of possibility of refuting or replicating the proclaimed results, either through veiled procedures or through scientific impossibility of the claims or products. This book is very well-written and does expose a lot of legitimate stupidity. Going back and forth on some of the stories can be confusing. That is perhaps the strangest thing about the universe. I really enjoyed reading it, but because it was a lot of stories about stuff I understand already, it was a very slow read. My enthusiasm for this book leads me to recommend it, without reservation, to the intellectual community and The Rest of Us.

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review of Voodoo Science

voodoo science park robert l

Scientists argue that the cure is to raise general scientific literacy. Perpetual energy machines are a popular pursuit among inventors. It's a good chapter, explaining why the billions of dollars that have been spent on various space programs have not returned enough scientific results to be worth it. Abandon or modify accepted facts or theories in the light of more complete or reliable experimental evidence. Oh, and fraudulent science, too, which is sort of like junk science only worse see. If they comment at all, their words are often so burdened with qualifiers that it appears that nothing can ever be known for sure.

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Voodoo Science

voodoo science park robert l

Park discusses the ways junk science masquerades as the real thing, and details how much accepting such claims costs all of us. Currents of Fear examines this scare, and the panicked shutdowns, relocations and loss of property value that resulted from it. Professor Park's Voodoo Science teaches us that, even in this age of science, it is still happening. My real issues were that being that it's his book, it's riddled with his biases. He also provides a good overview of the scientific method and how its self regulating mechanisms eventually relegate bad ideas to the trash heap. Unfortunately, American society in my opinion has grown complacent in trusting most of what they hear and not taking the time of effort to question it.

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Voodoo Science: Robert L Park: Hardcover: 9780195135152: Powell's Books

voodoo science park robert l

More often than not, he draws his conclusions from fundamental theory that is supposedly sacrosanct. This is a crucial point; if the largely entertainment-focused media did not supportively cover these topics as it does, most junk science claims would not get very far. Scientific claims embellished by the news media and why that is so. However, a better fit with the topic of the book, in my opinion, would have been an examination of something like the moon hoax theories and why they're wrong. Homeopathy is widely practised in Holland and the Dutch government came under pressure from adherents to make homeopathic remedies available under the Dutch National Health Service.

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review of Voodoo Science

voodoo science park robert l

My enthusiasm for this book leads me to recommend it, without reservation, to the intellectual community and The Rest of Us. To expose the forces that sustain voodoo science, Park examines the role of the media, the courts, bureaucrats and politicians, as well as the scientific community. In shedding light on some very sensitive--and Park would say scientifically dubious--issues, the book is sure to spark discussion and controversy. Reluctantly, he argues that man cannot possibly expect to travel in the flesh to distant star systems, citing logistical and philosophical limits that make it far more economical to send robots and electronic sensors. O que acontece se as suas convicções se sobrepõe a análise imparcial dos resultados obtidos e teima em seguir o caminho que ele entende é o verdadeiro? My favorite chapter was on the widespread panic about electromagnetic fields and high-tension power lines. Voodoo Science offered an in depth look into the pseudoscience the plagues the National conscious. I agree with them, but that doesn't make it less biased.

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Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud by Robert L. Park

voodoo science park robert l

Copyright 2000, Cold Fusion Technology, Inc. And in the case of government where secrecy is often a security issue, not to mention the defense contractors who have a vested interest money to be made in even dead end projects, there is certainly abuse. The argument is invalid because there could be a more global organisation not tied to specific local arrangements and thus undisturbed by local movements of molecules. Professor Park's Voodoo Science teaches us that, even in this age of science, it is still happening. He is a prolific writer of op-eds for The New York Times and other papers, and a regular contributor of science features for The Washington Post. He is also noted for his preference for robotic over to manned space exploration. None of them worked out.

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Voodoo Science: Robert L Park: Hardcover: 9780195135152: Powell's Books

voodoo science park robert l

Park exposes the forces -- psychological, economical and political -- that sustain voodoo science. There, beliefs are not accepted as valid until they have been carefully tested by experiment and assessed by experts; only then are they allowed publication in the scientific journals, which fulfil the role of the depository of accepted knowledge. The experimenter was nine-year-old Emily Rosa. He fails to mention here, as the video does, that the small amount of such products anticipated, given the amount of energy generated, was eventually observed, and in just the right quantity. It's Not News, It's Entertainment, 2. Scientists are not cast as infallible, but rather as humble and logical - and not beyond corruption. My enthusiasm for this book leads me to recommend it, without reservation, to the intellectual community and The Rest of Us.

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Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud by Robert L. Park

voodoo science park robert l

Both religious and non-religious scientists are sure to find something of interest in the rest. In the beginning, most believe they have made a great discovery. His views on controversial issues may be explored further at. E se o cientista teima em nĂŁo reconhecer o seu erro? Politicians and the American public love astronauts, so we waste billions of dollars on manned space missions. Well written entertaining chapters cover everything from cold fusion to homeopathy.

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Project MUSE

voodoo science park robert l

It had to find another explanation for reports of falling meteorites, sometimes still warm to the touch when found. Perhaps the problem is that power lines cause cancer. This enlightening 240-page book is composed of the follo Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud by Robert L. But that is a small caveat. Sadly it was chore for me to get through, which is sad because reading should never be a chore.

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