Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - S3: Science, Statistics and Skepticism

Friday, May 31, 2013

Book Review - S3: Science, Statistics and Skepticism

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About the Book
"What causes cancer? Are genetically modified foods dangerous? Is climate change real? Do homeopathic remedies really work?”

S3: Science, Statistics and Skepticism, by Fourat Janabi, discusses the differences between good and bad science.

Fourat explores scientific research about cancer, genetically modified foods, climate change, vaccinations, western medicine, homeopathy, evolution, and other fascinating current issues. This book is about knowing how to differentiate between bad science and good science when reading scientific studies on the Internet. There are many articles out there that doubt climate change, deny evolution, rationalize homeopathy, fabricate cancer causes, or oppose vaccinations. S3 helps readers learn how to use critical thinking skills to debunk nonsense.

Fourat criticizes the prevalence of misinformation online and in the media about scientific research. He teaches readers the importance of credible sources, sufficient evidence, placebo effects, biases, and sample sizes so that the reader can better recognize bad science.

My Take on the Book
This book opened my eyes to the "bad science" that is out there and the lack of good research that is being done in some areas. Though this book is short, it still brings out so many great points in these pages that I have already shared it with another person in my neighborhood. You can easily get through this book in a sitting, but you will find that you may want to go back to re-read to completely soak in the gist of what the author is sharing. All-in-all, this was a great book that will open your eyes to a whole new reality if you are willing to accept it.

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