Phrases like “superfoods,” “right and left brained people", and “natural environment” may be snappy and ear-catching, but lifelong educator Philip Bouchard is worried that they are often wrong, or at least not quite right. These shorthand analogies, memes, and phrases distort the actual science and often leave us more confused than enlightened. They leave out key details, leading readers to develop a misunderstanding of the world around them. In The Stickler’s Guide to Science in the Age of Misinformation, Bouchard takes a closer look at pervasive scientific illiteracy and offers readers the real science behind their commonly held beliefs.
Bouchard unpacks all the ways we misuse scientific terms and shows readers what these vital concepts really mean. Readers will learn why trees do not “store” carbon dioxide; why getting your genome sequenced tells you much less than you think it does; and why a day is not actually 24 hours. The book also explains why your DNA cannot provide a “blueprint” for a human being, and why, contrary to lots of reporting, absence of gravity is not the reason that astronauts float in space.
The deeper we understand these issues, the better we can do as citizens in an era of half-truths, misinformation, and outright lies. The Stickler’s Guide to Science in the Age of Misinformation makes well-researched science go down easy, satisfying curiosity and sparking further inquiry along the way.