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What am I currently reading?

The Fun Police’s book shelves are always expanding, as you can see on the other pages. But what am I  currently reading, and what review can you expect?

Why Trust Science?

by Naomi Oreskes

'Why the social character of scientific knowledge makes it  trustworthy Do doctors really know what they are talking about  when they tell us vaccines are safe? Should we take climate  experts at their word when they warn us about the perils of  global warming? Why should we trust science when our own  politicians don't? In this landmark book, Naomi Oreskes offers a  bold and compelling defense of science, revealing why the  social character of scientific knowledge is its greatest strength-  and the greatest reason we can trust it. Tracing the history and  philosophy of science from the late nineteenth century to  today, Oreskes explains that, contrary to popular belief, there  is no single scientific method. Rather, the trustworthiness of  scientific claims derives from the social process by which they  are rigorously vetted. This process is not perfect-nothing ever is  when humans are involved-but she draws vital lessons from  cases where scientists got it wrong. Oreskes shows how  consensus is a crucial indicator of when a scientific matter has  been settled, and when the knowledge produced is likely to be  trustworthy. Based on the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at  Princeton University, this timely and provocative book features  critical responses by climate experts Ottmar Edenhofer and  Martin Kowarsch, political scientist Jon Krosnick, philosopher of  science Marc Lange, and science historian Susan Lindee, as well  as a foreword by political theorist Stephen Macedo.
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