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Forbidden Science: Exposing the Secrets of Suppressed Research [Paperback]

Richard Milton


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Richard Milton is a writer, journalist and broadcaster on a wide range of subjects. He currently freelances for The Daily Telegraph and other papers. He is the author of six books including "Bad Company", which The Sunday Times made its Business Book of the Week, and which sets out to explain why large corporations sometimes behave in self-defeating and even insane ways. His controversial "Alternative Science" examines how and why good science is sometimes thrown out with the bad.

His novel "Dead Secret" is a mind-blowing paranormal thriller that has just been published on Kindle. His latest non-fiction title "Best of Enemies" looks at Anglo-German relations through two world wars and charts the origins of modern propaganda.

His controversial "Shattering the myths of Darwinism" has caused some members of the scientific establishment to start chewing the carpet and foaming at the mouth, by daring to demand real empirical evidence in support of their Darwinian beliefs, in place of conjecture and pseudoscience

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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential read for scientists 7 Aug 2000
By Frank Bierbrauer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There is no doubt some areas of research are to some degree taboo, I mean, not even looked at because it is considered too far from the mainstream or too "way out" in the sense of UFO cults or seances. Any "self-respecting" scientist would not dare to discuss such things seriously with other scientists or in public. What do I include in such "pseudo-science" ? Well we don't even have to leave the mainstream to do so, the research carried out by Jacques Benveniste comes to mind, a thoroughly and deeply investigated area on the possibility of water carrying some sort of memory, not only has this been shown to have theoretical support apart from the conclusive experimental evidence but it has simply been taken as the work of a charlatan or cheat because it could not possibly be "right", as another example, a scientist whose name I won't use to ensure his privacy, has developed a theory in physics which is not considered because it is not following the approaches of other scientists and so must be wrong. Science and also mathematics is full of this sort of negative, and lets put a fine point on it, unscientific opinions. In other words these rejections of the new are just that a rejection of anything new which either may show the reviewer's own work may be faulty, out of date or his group is no longer safe and secure, whether this means job security or just the security related to the self image. Is this scientific ? Unfortunately the academic comunity is still full of power play and little empires no matter how trivial just so the egos are boosted and they are safe in their little world. Am I being too harsh ? Well it may be so but I have experienced enough of this sort of thing to say that at times this is true. What happened to the spirit of scientific discovery which, as can be seen from history, continuously has to either battle the status quo or wait until the opposition are dead ? Milton in this timely book talks about these very problems still present in science, in no way does he carry on with dubious arguments which flog their own horses eg Creation Science but rather investigates an area thoroughly and asks some important questions, much as Feyerabend has done in his work although the topic concerns the basis of science rather than any research studied, I think he may have been able to get away with this more than scientists actually working in new areas because it concerns the philosophy of science and as such is comfortably removed from "the truth" which is supposed to be represented by orthodox science. So, Milton has produced an essential read for scientists and non-scientists which hopefully will have the courage to support their fellow scientists in such endeavours.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting & thought-provoking. 16 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's a long time since I've read it, but it did become the topic of a lot of conversations. It is a challenging book in that it asks you to be open- minded and entertain the idea that what you will probably always have assumed to be true might not be. As I remember it was scientifically rigorous and well-written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Hypothese 25 Aug 2014
By L J Broughton - Published on Amazon.com
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If we really accepted that science requires the three criteria mentioned by another reviewer we would have to throw out the Big Bang and Darwinian evolution. Neither can be experimentally verified, but this book isn't actually about that. Many mainstream scientific hypotheses only became mainstream after the establishment decided to try to verify them, and Wegener's hypothesis of Continental Drift (now sanitised for Science under the name of Plate Tectonics) is a classic example. Milton here is reviewing a number of admittedly way-out ideas over which established scientists are not prepared to risk their careers. It may be that none of them will prove anything other than will-o-the-wisps. However that is no reason to dismiss ideas simply because they conflict with an accepted paradigm. We've been wrong before and to imagine that we know it all is to live in Cloud Cuckoo Land.
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1.0 out of 5 stars forbidden....science? 19 Nov 2009
By Melissa Dowd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
There is a reason science does not accept the theories mentioned in this book: there's no empirical evidence to support them. The scientific method is a means of studying the natural world that REQUIRES: 1)verifiable data 2)well designed and documented experimentation 3)results that can be replicated by other researchers. Creative minds can come up with all kinds of wonderful ideas, but that isn't science, it's wishful thinking. This book can't be taken too seriously.
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