By Robert L. Park
In a time of superb clinical growth, how will we separate actual breakthroughs from the noisy gaggle of fake claims? From Deepak Chopra's "quantum replacement to ageing" to unwarranted hype surrounding the overseas area Station, Robert Park leads us down the again alleys of fringe technology, throughout the glowing corridors of Washington energy or even into our evolutionary earlier to find the origins of voodoo technological know-how. alongside the way in which, he deals basic and fascinating technology classes, proving that you simply would not have to be a scientist to identify the fraudulent technology that swirls round us.
While closing hugely funny, this hard-hitting account additionally tallies the fee: the billions spent on valueless cures, the tax money squandered on executive tasks which are doomed to fail, the traders bilked by way of schemes that violate the main primary legislation of nature. however the maximum fee is human: worry of imaginary hazards, reliance on magical therapies, and especially, a wrong view of ways the area works.
To divulge the forces that maintain voodoo technological know-how, Park examines the position of the media, the courts, bureaucrats and politicians, in addition to the clinical group. Scientists argue that the remedy is to elevate basic clinical literacy. yet what precisely may still a scientifically literate society understand? Park argues that the general public doesn't want a particular wisdom of technological know-how quite a bit as a systematic global view—an knowing that we are living in an orderly universe ruled by way of usual legislation that can not be circumvented.