Considering we are living in times where The White House plays with facts recognizing how science is misused to buttress political agendas is essential for all citizens. Not a Scientist is a timely and needed book to help the public wade through political rhetoric and hold politicians accountable for an honest and appropriate use of science.
Science doesn’t sit by itself, alone in a lab coat, pondering the mysteries of the universe with little outside influence or consequence. When politicians mistake scientific issues, it can have ripples in our everyday lives.
The book is divided into twelve chapters:
1) The Oversimplification
2)The Cherry Pick
3)The Butter-up and Undercut
5)The Blame the Blogger
6)The Ridicule and Dismiss
7) The Literal Nitpick
8) The Credit Snatch
9) The Certain Uncertainty
10) The Blind Eye to Follow-up
11) The Lost in Translation
12) The Straight Up Fabrication
Conclusion The Conspicuous Silence
I liked the way in which the author approaches the topic and repeatedly emphasizes the importance of equipping ourselves with the proper information.
I would hand this to a high school student to read and discuss. Issues discussed in the book include climate change, global warming, vaccinations, epidemics, and abortion.
I read a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review which in this case is a big thumbs up from me.
by Dave Levitan
April 18, 2017