Lies, Damned Lies, and Science

Lies, Damned Lies, and Science

Author: Sherry Seethaler

Publisher: FT Press

Published: 2009-01-13

Total Pages: 228

ISBN-13: 0137008872

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“Comprehensive, readable, and replete with current, useful examples, this book provides a much-needed explanation of how to be a critical consumer of the scientific claims we encounter in our everyday lives.” —April Cordero Maskiewicz, Department of Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University “Seethaler’s book helps the reader look inside the workings of science and gain a deeper understanding of the pathway that is followed by a scientific finding—from its beginnings in a research lab to its appearance on the nightly news.” —Jim Slotta, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto “How I wish science was taught this way! Seethaler builds skills for critical thinking and evaluation. The book is rich with examples that not only illustrate her points beautifully, they also make it very interesting and fun to read.” —Julia R. Brown, Director, Targacept, Inc. Don’t Get Hoodwinked! Make Sense of Health and Science News...and Make Smarter Decisions! Every day, there’s a new scientific or health controversy. And every day, it seems as if there’s a new study that contradicts what you heard yesterday. What’s really going on? Who’s telling the truth? Who’s faking it? What do scientists actually know–and what don’t they know? This book will help you cut through the confusion and make sense of it all–even if you’ve never taken a science class! Leading science educator and journalist Dr. Sherry Seethaler reveals how science and health research really work...how to put scientific claims in context and understand the real tradeoffs involved...tell quality research from junk science...discover when someone’s deliberately trying to fool you...and find more information you can trust! Nobody knows what new controversy will erupt tomorrow. But one thing’s for certain: With this book, you’ll know how to figure out the real deal–and make smarter decisions for yourself and your family! Watch the news, and you’ll be overwhelmed by snippets of badly presented science: information that’s incomplete, confusing, contradictory, out-of-context, wrong, or flat-out dishonest. Defend yourself! Dr. Sherry Seethaler gives you a powerful arsenal of tools for making sense of science. You’ll learn how to think more sensibly about everything from mad cow disease to global warming—and how to make better science-related decisions in both your personal life and as a citizen. You’ll begin by understanding how science really works and progresses, and why scientists sometimes disagree. Seethaler helps you assess the possible biases of those who make scientific claims in the media, and place scientific issues in appropriate context, so you can intelligently assess tradeoffs. You’ll learn how to determine whether a new study is really meaningful; uncover the difference between cause and coincidence; figure out which statistics mean something, and which don’t. Seethaler reveals the tricks self-interested players use to mislead and confuse you, and points you to sources of information you can actually rely upon. Her many examples range from genetic engineering of crops to drug treatments for depression...but the techniques she teaches you will be invaluable in understanding any scientific controversy, in any area of science or health. ^ Potions, plots, and personalities: How science progresses, and why scientists sometimes disagree ^ Is it “cause” or merely coincidence? How to tell compelling evidence from a “good story” ^ There are always tradeoffs: How to put science and health claims in context, and understand their real implications ^ All the tricks experts use to fool you, exposed! How to recognize lies, “truthiness,” or pseudo-expertise


Getting In: The Zinch Guide to College Admissions & Financial Aid in the Digital Age

Getting In: The Zinch Guide to College Admissions & Financial Aid in the Digital Age

Author: Michael Muska

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 2011-12-15

Total Pages: 362

ISBN-13: 0544186540

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From the college admissions experts—where to go, how to get in, and how to pay for it Zinch.com is the largest online social network connecting students with colleges and scholarship opportunities. With 2.5 million student profiles and more than 800 universities—from Yale to Stanford, and American University to community colleges—Zinch offers students an efficient, relevant, and effective way to find the "right- fit" school, how to get in, and how to pay for it. Getting In: The Zinch Guide to College Admissions & Financial Aid in the Digital Age is your college admissions how-to guide, written by experts with insider guidance to the entire college admission process. Leveraging the power of Zinch.com, it covers every aspect of the college application process, from choosing the right (vs.best) schools, visiting campuses, improving your odds with a dynamic application strategy, meeting with a college advisor, working with athletic recruiting, applying for financial aid, knowing what to do if you are on a wait list, and much more. Incredibly well-connected authors Leverages the power of Zinch.com, the largest online social network of its kind Application do's and don'ts If you are one of the 2.2 million high school seniors ready to embark on the next step in your education, Getting In: The Zinch Guide to College Admissions & Financial Aid in the Digital Age is your go-to guide for getting into the college of your dreams—without ever breaking a sweat.


Lies, Damned Lies and Tragedy

Lies, Damned Lies and Tragedy

Author: Nayan Saraf

Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers

Published: 2021-02-15

Total Pages: 319

ISBN-13:

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In the face of risk and reward, Avil Gill, a charismatic art director of the “Goa Museum and Emporium of Art”, embarks upon an unprecedented attempt at organizing “The Van Gogh” exhibition in his museum. His charisma, however, doesn’t bargain for the web of manipulative tactics spun by his foes, and after a spate of blunders, the precious Gogh paintings get stolen from right under his nose despite tight security. An exquisite art show, a classic concert, a shot at unprecedented success and a chance at love possible on the same day come crumbling down in a gripping, roller coaster thriller as Avil Gill is destroyed by Treachery, Robbery and Murder. Who is the reason for this doom? Will this crime be solved? Is this a revenge story from the past? Or just pure coincidence? Lies, Damned Lies, and Tragedy is simply unputdownable with its intrigue and suspense.


More Damned Lies and Statistics

More Damned Lies and Statistics

Author: Joel Best

Publisher: Univ of California Press

Published: 2004-09-06

Total Pages: 222

ISBN-13: 0520930029

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In this sequel to the acclaimed Damned Lies and Statistics, which the Boston Globe said "deserves a place next to the dictionary on every school, media, and home-office desk," Joel Best continues his straightforward, lively, and humorous account of how statistics are produced, used, and misused by everyone from researchers to journalists. Underlining the importance of critical thinking in all matters numerical, Best illustrates his points with examples of good and bad statistics about such contemporary concerns as school shootings, fatal hospital errors, bullying, teen suicides, deaths at the World Trade Center, college ratings, the risks of divorce, racial profiling, and fatalities caused by falling coconuts. More Damned Lies and Statistics encourages all of us to think in a more sophisticated and skeptical manner about how statistics are used to promote causes, create fear, and advance particular points of view. Best identifies different sorts of numbers that shape how we think about public issues: missing numbers are relevant but overlooked; confusing numbers bewilder when they should inform; scary numbers play to our fears about the present and the future; authoritative numbers demand respect they don’t deserve; magical numbers promise unrealistic, simple solutions to complex problems; and contentious numbers become the focus of data duels and stat wars. The author's use of pertinent, socially important examples documents the life-altering consequences of understanding or misunderstanding statistical information. He demystifies statistical measures by explaining in straightforward prose how decisions are made about what to count and what not to count, what assumptions get made, and which figures are brought to our attention. Best identifies different sorts of numbers that shape how we think about public issues. Entertaining, enlightening, and very timely, this book offers a basis for critical thinking about the numbers we encounter and a reminder that when it comes to the news, people count—in more ways than one.


The Bedford Researcher with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates

The Bedford Researcher with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates

Author: Mike Palmquist

Publisher: Macmillan

Published: 2010-03-31

Total Pages: 465

ISBN-13: 0312667752

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Click here to find out more about the 2009 MLA Updates and the 2010 APA Updates. Tech-savvy and student-friendly, The Bedford Researcher addresses the kinds of writing students actually do and the kinds of sources they actually use. It follows real student writers from their initial research questions all the way to designing their final essays, integrating electronic sources and tools into each stage of the process. Clearly organized and readable, The Bedford Researcher strips away the complexities of research writing and empowers students to write with confidence.


America's Best Value Colleges

America's Best Value Colleges

Author: Eric Owens

Publisher: The Princeton Review

Published: 2004-03-15

Total Pages: 340

ISBN-13: 9780375763731

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This informative guide profiles 77 schools that not only charge less in tuition but are more likely to help students with financial aid, scholarships and grants.


Left Turn

Left Turn

Author: Tim Groseclose

Publisher: Macmillan + ORM

Published: 2011-07-19

Total Pages: 305

ISBN-13: 1429987464

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A leading political science professor provides scientific proof of media bias in this sure-to-be-controversial book Dr. Tim Groseclose, a professor of political science and economics at UCLA, has spent years constructing precise, quantitative measures of the slant of media outlets. He does this by measuring the political content of news, as a way to measure the PQ, or "political quotient" of voters and politicians. Among his conclusions are: (i) all mainstream media outlets have a liberal bias; and (ii) while some supposedly conservative outlets—such the Washington Times or Fox News' Special Report—do lean right, their conservative bias is less than the liberal bias of most mainstream outlets. Groseclose contends that the general leftward bias of the media has shifted the PQ of the average American by about 20 points, on a scale of 100, the difference between the current political views of the average American, and the political views of the average resident of Orange County, California or Salt Lake County, Utah. With Left Turn readers can easily calculate their own PQ—to decide for themselves if the bias exists. This timely, much-needed study brings fact to this often overheated debate.


Rethinking the SAT

Rethinking the SAT

Author: Rebecca Zwick

Publisher: Routledge

Published: 2013-04-15

Total Pages: 396

ISBN-13: 1134000103

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Rethinking the SAT is a unique presentation of the latest thoughts and research findings of key individuals in the world of college admissions, including the president of the largest public university system in the U.S., as well as the presidents of the two companies that sponsor college admissions tests in the U.S. The contributors address not only the pros and cons of the SAT itself, but the broader question of who should go to college in the twenty-first century.


Scottish Education

Scottish Education

Author: T. G. K. Bryce

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Published: 2018-06-21

Total Pages: 1120

ISBN-13: 1474437850

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Interrogates the rise of national philosophies and their impact on cosmopolitanism and nationalism.