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Old 03-07-2011, 04:17 AM   #1
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Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: How to Sort through the Noise around Global Warming, the Latest Health Claims, and Other Scientific Controversies, by Sherry Seethaler, is a repeat freebie (Sep '10) from FT Press. Free at B&N and slated to be free on Kindle.

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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!

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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.


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Old 03-07-2011, 08:32 AM   #2
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Looks really interesting, and available for Europe even! But it's not free (yet?) on Amazon. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:49 AM   #3
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It's very strange. All four of FT Press's books show as free in "some region" (according to an Amazon search result; you can also see it in Listmania and the books are on the limited time promotions page), but when I test each region individually, every region shows that it is still full price. All four are free from B&N, though (in the US), and I bought them there, without any problems. Only one is newly free, that I wanted to add to my Kindle, but the prices all seem stuck in limbo. Since FT Press' prices are often good for a week, maybe they'll drop tonight at midnight PST....

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Old 03-07-2011, 03:59 PM   #4
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I'm now seeing the price of the Kindle edition on Amazon.com as $2.30.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:06 PM   #5
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Free in the US: Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: How to Sort through the Noise around Global Warming, the Latest Health Claims, and Other Scientific Controversies, by Sherry Seethaler
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It is free for Canadians as well - just picked it up.
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:41 AM   #7
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Still $2.30 for Europe on Amazon. Which is still a very reasonable price, but in the meantime I read the Amazon reviews and decided I wasn't interested enough after all.
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Still $2.30 for Europe on Amazon. Which is still a very reasonable price, but in the meantime I read the Amazon reviews and decided I wasn't interested enough after all.
same here. i tend to be pickier about books that report facts

but thanks to the OP for the heads up
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Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: How to Sort through the Noise around Global Warming, the Latest Health Claims, and Other Scientific Controversies, by Sherry Seethaler, is a repeat freebie (Sep '10) from FT Press, currently only in the UK.
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Now also a repeat freebie @ B&N. Another FT Press book which also has a $9.99 edition, so be sure not to auto-buy via searching in the Nook/app.
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Having read only a handful of reviews at amazon, I am compelled to ask, does she mention the whole butter vs margarine debacle?
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