The Need for Critical Thinking and the Scientific Method
The book exposes many of the misunderstandings about the scientific method and its application to critical thinking. It argues for a better understanding of the scientific method and for nurturing critical thinking in the community. This knowledge helps the reader to analyze issues more objectively, and warns about the dangers of bias and propaganda. The principles are illustrated by considering several issues that are currently being debated. These include anthropogenic global warming (often loosely referred to as climate change), dangers to preservation of the Great Barrier Reef, and the expansion of the gluten-free food market and genetic engineering.
Preface.Introduction.The Scientific Method.The Absence of Scientific Input in Public Decision Making.How Could This Have Happened?How the Media Influences Public Thinking.Dangers to Progress in Science.Pseudo-Science Masquerading as Science. The Way Forward.Bringing it together.Where will the future take us?