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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (252 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Brant Shermer Narrator: Michael Brant Shermer Publisher: Michael Shermer Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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In Science Friction, best-selling author and Skeptic magazine publisher Michael Shermer pretends to be a psychic for a day...and fools everyone; as a psychologist and bicycle racer, Shermer reveals the science behind sports psychology; as a historian and evolutionary theorist, Shermer considers what was truly responsible for the mutiny on the Bounty; and as a son, Shermer explores the possibilities of alternative and experimental medicine for his cancer-ravaged mother. And a skeptic realizes that it is time to turn the skeptical lens onto science itself.

In each of the essays in Science Friction, Shermer explores the very personal barriers and biases that plague and propel science, especially when scientists push against the unknown. What do we know, and what do we not know? How does science respond to controversy, attack, and uncertainty? When does theory become accepted fact? Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 10/25/2013

    " Compilation of essays Michael Shermer has written in the past. Interesting topics, but at times the style of writing leads much to be desired, e.g., instead of referring to notes, he explains his sources in the text which detracts from the flow of the work at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny Schmenny | 9/4/2013

    " I haven't been able to finish this. I wanted to love it, but I found the first chapter to be a little boring and smug. I think there are some great ideas in here and someone else should have written about them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Melbie | 8/26/2013

    " My first Shermer! Must read more! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 8/21/2013

    " I enjoyed Why People Believe Weird Things, but this collection was dull in comparison. I felt like I was reading more about the author than the ideas, which was not what I was looking for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Carbone | 2/13/2012

    " Variety of stories and essays that really provide the reader with a lot to think about. And on top of all that a touching essay about Shermer's mom who passed away a few years ago. It talks about how an atheist says goodbye to a loved one. It was great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 steve ross | 6/15/2011

    " Uninspired. That said, some of the essays are quite fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 chad | 12/21/2010

    " Very intriguing look at where science is pushing the boundaries between belief/fate/fantasy and reality. Shows the importance and value of skepticism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten Uhler | 8/25/2010

    " Shermer writes a collection of interesting essays that cause one to think more critically. Aside from his going into exhausting and seemingly unnecessary detail at times, he does a good job confronting unscientific thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbey | 6/8/2010

    " Michael Shermer is the founder of Skeptic magazine, a tiny voice for reason in the constant clatter of sensationalism. This book makes the point that some bias is inevitable, but we can at least know our biases and reduce their ability to blind us to evidence. "

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