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For decades, cigarette companies helped to promote the impression that there was no scientific consensus concerning the safety of their product. The appearance of controversy, however, was misleading, designed to confuse the public and to protect industry interests. Created scientific controversies emerge when expert communities are in broad agreement but the public perception is one of profound scientific uncertainty and doubt. In the first book-length analysis of the concept of a created scientific controversy, David Harker explores issues including climate change, Creation science, the anti-vaccine movement and genetically modified crops. Drawing on work in cognitive psychology, social epistemology, critical thinking and philosophy of science, he shows readers how to better understand, evaluate, and respond to the appearance of scientific controversy. His book will be a valuable resource for students of philosophy of science, environmental and health sciences, and social and natural sciences.Read more
- The first book-length introduction to the concept of a created scientific controversy
- Discusses a wide variety of issues from climate change to creation science, public health to critical thinking
- Features discussion questions which will be helpful to students
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"Harker has produced a valuable book that introduces students to important insights from the philosophy of science and cognitive psychology in order to prepare them for grappling with major debates at the intersection of science and society."
Kevin Elliott, Michigan State UniversitySee more reviews
"This is a stimulating and engaging book that introduces some of the core issues in the philosophy of science by taking the reader through a variety of important scientific controversies. By means of this novel approach it offers a useful resource to not only philosophers of science and their students but also anyone concerned about rational decision making and critical thinking in general, including the scientifically literate public and scientists themselves."
Steven French, University of Leeds
"This is a unique and important book that addresses a topic of pressing social and political importance with great care and clarity, and an excellent understanding of the relevant science. This is applied philosophy of science at its best."
James Ladyman, University of Bristol
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- Date Published: November 2015
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107692367
- length: 266 pages
- dimensions: 247 x 175 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.53kg
- contains: 13 b/w illus. 6 tables
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Introduction: scientific authority and the created controversy
Part I. Lessons from the Philosophy of Science:
1. Defining science and the empiricist approach
2. Two challenges for the naïve empiricist
3. A revolution in how we think about sciences
4. Sciences as historically and socially situated
Points to remember: Part I
Part II. Biases, Arguments and Created Controversies:
5. Inherent irrationality: cognitive biases and heuristics
6. Thinking more clearly: arguments, reasoning and informal fallacies
7. Created controversies and how to detect them
Points to remember: Part II
Part III. Exposing Created Controversies:
8. Environmental scare: the case of anthropogenic climate change
9. Sciences, religion and an intelligently design controversy?
10. Issues of public health: aids, autism and GMOs
Points to remember: Part III
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