I want to let everyone know that I have finally published my book! This book is based on my blog posts from the past few years. It is organized around a number of unifying themes, one of which is why science can be right. Some people who attack science provide a laundry list of the many times science has been wrong about something and then triumphantly ask: If science can be wrong, how can science possibly generate reliable knowledge on which we can base important decisions that will affect society and the world? In this book I point out the reason this attack is misguided. Science can be right, because it can be wrong! Yes, the fact that science can be wrong is actually one of its strengths. The fact that science can make mistakes should actually increase our confidence in science! Why this is the case is explained in the book.
This book also addresses a number of questions involving science and other topics. Among them are: Can anyone be a scientist? Can you win an out-of-body gold medal? What is heroic science? Is the only good scientist a blind scientist? Why does science have to be defended from the unreasonable man? Is science still cool if it affects you? What does science have to say about zombies? Do you know more than the experts? What are some of the stories of the monks and nuns of science? Can being a scientist immunize you against fearing the supernatural? How do we know there is not a conspiracy by scientists? How do you tell the difference between rational and irrational skeptics? Is a mind in the gutter a good thing to have in science? If a tree falls in a forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? If you feel faint while reading the word “hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia”, does this mean you have it? And, of course: Why is Schrodinger's cat wanted dead and alive?
In this book I have endeavored to combine thoughtful explanations of the how and why of science with the examination of topics that are both informative and interesting, and I have added enough jokes, stories, anecdotes, and all-purpose whimsy to hopefully balance the more serious parts. If you have enjoyed reading my posts over the past few years and have benefited from them, then purchasing this book (or my books of short stories) is an excellent way to support my work. The book is available on Amazon as an ebook. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can read it with a Kindle App on your phone or tablet, or you can read it directly on the cloud section of your Amazon account using Amazon’s inbuilt e-reader. If you read my book, I would appreciate if you can please leave a review on its Amazon page.
Thank you very much, and be on the lookout as there are more books to come!
Take care and science on!
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