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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 20 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 May 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00821OOGK
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The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters Audio Download – Unabridged
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This is an important book. It is a rallying cry to Geeks everywhere to organise ourselves as a lobby group to give science and rationalism a stronger voice in government and policy making, to counter the organised voices of vested interests whose political clout far exceeds their following.
Parts of this book will probably be illuminating to even to the politically aware geek. He talks much about how evidence is routinely abused by politicians. To whet your appetite, "spray on evidence", "cherry-picking evidence", "shopping list evidence", "veneer of evidence", "hand-picking advisers", "misunderstanding evidence", "cargo cult science", "confirmation bias", "cognitive dissonance" are all expounded concepts of evidence-abuse by our politicians in justifying their policies.
The Geeks, he says in a theme which runs through the book, are beginning to organise themselves to bring our policy makers to account for designing off-the-cuff, populist policies and pretending they're the result of scientific research. And he tells us how we can join in: how we can access information and resources, get Geek candidates into the halls of power, and persuade the organs of power to adopt scientific method to inform policy choices.
Numerous case studies of alleged science-abuse are covered, which include examples of missed opportunities, best practice, abuse of power, undermining scientific advisers, and - of course - the evidence misuse.Read more ›
There are many highlights. I mention only a few. Sarah Palin for instance, wondering why on earth biologists were funded (in modest terms) to study fruit flies. Anyone who has studied genetics at all would know that the study of variations in fruit flies underpinned that subject, but maybe Sarah doesn't believe in evolution?
There are the news program debates, where the interviewers give equal weight and hearing to solidly founded research and crank views, be it in climate science, stem cell research or alternative medicine. Time and again, a refutation of the crank views is easily to hand, but is not used, in the interests of a false sense of "balance", where the hippo and the ant are deemed to have equal weight.
We have Vince Cable telling us that much scientific research is not even worthwhile and should be cut. In this case, a concerted campaign achieved only a freezing of funding, ie, a cut in real terms. If politicians could have predicted the World Wide Web, developed as a by-product of trying to share CERN's discoveries, could they have pushed funds in the right direction? Plus, all of the modern world depends on the unassuming research of Maxwell, a Scottish scientist, trying to formulate equations to describe electromagnetism. Who would have foreseen the ramifications of that?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A somewhat pedestrian but in its way passionate call to scientists to play a greater part in the public arena in defence and promotion of their careful search for truth. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. Bernard A. O'sullivan
This is a good book which should be read for its insightful acknowledgement of our countries scientifically ignorant political parties. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Carl Wilkinson
It's well written. The title actually describes it pretty well: it's a Geek Manifesto. It also uses plenty of examples from both british and american politics. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Yeen
Great book, makes me want to go out and make a difference. Everyone that is interested in Science should read this.Published on 31 Mar. 2014 by Chris Morgan
Question: what is the role of government? Answer: to get themseles re-elected.
That's essentially the point that Henderson makes in this book. Read more
Anybody interested in science either professionally or as a bit of an amateur geek like me should read this. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2013 by Mike
Preaching to the converted in my case. Would be more relevant to those not convinced of the value of science to the modern worldPublished on 6 April 2013 by george birkby