ISBN: 9780262344814 | 536 pp. | March 2018


The Conspiracy Against Science
In a post-truth, fake news world, we are particularly susceptible to the claims of pseudoscience. When emotions and opinions are more widely disseminated than scientific findings, and self-proclaimed experts get their expertise from Google, how can the average person distinguish real science from fake? This book examines pseudoscience from a variety of perspectives, through case studies, analysis, and personal accounts that show how to recognize pseudoscience, why it is so widely accepted, and how to advocate for real science. 
Contributors examine the basics of pseudoscience, including issues of cognitive bias; the costs of pseudoscience, with accounts of naturopathy and logical fallacies in the anti-vaccination movement; perceptions of scientific soundness; the mainstream presence of “integrative medicine,” hypnosis, and parapsychology; and the use of case studies and new media in science advocacy.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction
  4. 1. Pseudoscience and the Pursuit of Truth
  5. 2. The Psychology of Pseudo Science: Cognitive, Social, and cultural Factors
  6. 3. The Illusion of Causality: A Cognitive Bias Underlying Pseudocience
  7. 4. Hard Science, Soft Science, and Pseudoscience: Implications of Research on the Hierarchy of the Sciences
  8. 5. Food-o-science Pseudoscience: The Weapons and Tactics of inthe War on Crop Biotechnology
  9. 6. An Inside Look at Naturopathic Medicine: A Whistleblower's Deconstrucion of Its Core Principles
  10. 7. Risky Play and Growing Up: How to Understand the Overprotection of the Next Generation
  11. 8. The Anti-Vaccine Movement: A Litany of Fallacy and Errors
  12. 9. Understanding Pseudoscience Vulnerability through Epistemological Development, Critical Thinking, and Science Literacy
  13. 10. Scientific Failure as a Public Good: Illustrating the Process of Science and Its Contrast with Pseudoscience
  14. 11. Evidence-Based Practice as a Driver of Pseudoscience in Prevention Research
  15. 12. Scientific Soundness and the Problem of Predatory Journals
  16. 13. Pseudoscience, Coming to a Peer-Reviewed Journal Near You
  17. 14. "Integrative" Medicine: Integrating Quackery with Science-Based Medicine
  18. 15. Hypnosis: Science, Pseudoscience, and Nonsense
  19. 16. Abuses and Misuses of Intelligence Tests: Facts and Misconceptions
  20. 17. Reflections on Pseudoscience and Parapsychology: From Here to There and (Slightly) Back Again
  21. 18. Using Case Studies to Combat a Pseudoscience Culture
  22. 19. "HIV Does Not Cause AIDS": A Journey into AIDS Denialism
  23. 20. Swaying Pseudoscience: The Inoculation Effect
  24. 21. The Challenges of Changing Minds: How Confirmation Bias and Pattern Recognition Affect Our Search for Meaning
  25. 22. Truth Shall Prevail
  26. Contributor List
  27. Index