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The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters | [Mark Henderson]

The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters

Whether we want to improve education or cut crime, to enhance public health or to generate clean energy, science and its experimental method is critical. The Geek Manifesto shows us what needs to happen to entrench scientific thinking more deeply into politics and society, and how to turn our frustrated outrage into positive action that our country's leaders cannot ignore.
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Publisher's Summary

We live in a country where:

  • Only one of our 650 MPs has worked as a research scientist.
  • The Government's drugs adviser was sacked for making a decision based on scientific fact rather than public opinion.
  • A writer can be forced into court for telling the scientific truth.
  • The media would rather sell papers by scaremongering over MMR vaccines and GM crops than report the less sensational facts.

Whether we want to improve education or cut crime, to enhance public health or to generate clean energy, science and its experimental method is critical. The Geek Manifesto shows us what needs to happen to entrench scientific thinking more deeply into politics and society, and how to turn our frustrated outrage into positive action that our country's leaders cannot ignore.

©2012 Mark Henderson (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

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    judith canary wharf, United Kingdom 12/06/2012
    judith canary wharf, United Kingdom 12/06/2012 Member Since 2009
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    "Great topic, shame about the Geekiness"

    Science certainly does matter, and this book presents a great set of examples of why it does. However, it is sad how geekiness gets in the way. Ok for the title, but the constant reference to geek for anybody with a serious respect for the scientific method starts to grate after the first chapter. That geeky weakness for lists and slightly flowery prose ('in and of itself') meant that for large sections (between the engaging anecdotes) I was listening out of a sense of duty rather than enthusiasm. And the narrator: I can only imagine that Tom Lawrence is a gifted actor who was asked to sound like the most tedious Geek he could imagine. Awful!

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    Ashley Unitt 07/04/2013
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    "An essential read if you care about science"

    This should be required reading for anyone who cares about science, evidence, education or economics. For too long we've let prejudice, politics, and "we've always done it this way" drive the world. It's time to reshape the world for the better with evidence and the scientific method.



    Well reasoned and well narrated.



    Geeks of the world unite!

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    Rosalind Faringdon, United Kingdom 19/09/2012
    Rosalind Faringdon, United Kingdom 19/09/2012
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    "Missed opportunity."

    While the book is interesting and amusing.... it really should have been better researched. As a hard working geek I have to say, 'that man does not represent me!'

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