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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Science, Statistics, and Skepticism - Fourat Janabi

Release Date - May 2013

Fourat Janabi

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Science, Statistics, and Skepticism is a tough book to review. It's very short, just 89 pages, but the price is well suited for a book of that size, so I definitely feel that readers get their money's worth. That said, I can't see this book appealing to a large market. It's highly specialized and based a lot of opinion and statistics that are already out there if you know where to look.

In Science, Statistics, and Skepticism, the author points out many situations where the statistics used to prove certain cases are flawed. He discusses whether GMO foods are really bad for  you, if vaccines are truly linked to autism, and whether or not climate change is affecting our world. This is only a small sampling.

That said, there are definitely times where I agree with the author. The increasing number of measles outbreaks, 159 in the U.S. as of August, this year is alarming. Polio is also on the rise. I know people who will dispute it saying vaccines are still unsafe, but I do find myself wondering what they'll say if their children develop one of these diseases.

There are other places where I'm not as convinced. Homeopathy remedies often contain ingredients not on the labels or in smaller quantities than the buyer believes. I will not argue that. However, I know for anxiety that I took medications for years, and these prescriptions didn't help. I switched to Rescue Remedy and the change was huge. It may be a case of mind over matter, but either way, homeopathic treatments made a difference. Would I solely use homeopathic now, certainly not, but for some things it works.

In the end, I think you really have to be interested in the subject matter for Science, Statistics, and Skepticism to be worth purchasing. It's one of those books that I read but never felt a "wow" factor.

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