Nonsense on stilts is a very interesting useful compendium of thinking about and within science valuable as a reference for courses in science philosophy political science and journalism as well as a handbook for the public . No one not the public intellectuals in the culture wars between defenders and detractors of science nor the believers of pseudoscience themselves is spared pigliuccis incisive analysis in the end nonsense on stilts is a timely reminder of the need to maintain a line between expertise and assumption. In nonsense on stilts massimo pigliucci who has 3 phds in genetics botany and philosophy of science attempts unfortunately there seems to be more deluded wishy washy pseudo science floating around than ever due in large part to an internet and uncritical news media that gives equal weight to real and imaginary ideas alike. Chapter seven science in the courtroom reprinted with permission from nonsense on stilts how to tell science from bunk by massimo pigliucci published by the university of chicago pressrc 2010 the university of chicago darwin didnt know this he observed that there was variation and noted that somehow it was heritable from one . Noted skeptic massimo pigliucci sets out to separate the fact from the fantasy in this entertaining exploration of the nature of science the borderlands of fringe science and borrowing a famous phrase from philosopher jeremy bentham the nonsense on stilts
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