Fragile Science , with its continuous narrative, marks a departure in style from these earlier titles which used fictionalised episodes to illustrate science. His work and ideas on the evolution of human behaviour have been featured in many television and radio programmes around the world.
Everyday the headlines bring news of the latest health scare, with worrying predictions for where developments in science will take us.
We want and need to understand the phenomena that influence our lives, but science is often more subtle and more complicated than the headlines would suggest. Over a diverse range of subjects, Robin Baker proves that the science we as consumers believe to be true is often an oversimplification - a convenient way of explaining complex subjects which are little understood. His investigations reach their own, startling conclusions.
Could it be possible, for example, that using sunscreen is actually increasing our chance of skin cancer? More and more people are taking Prozac, but does science have an easy answer to explain why? We all know the arguments in favour of conservation, but could there be strong biological arguments against it?
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Pan; On Demand edition 1 Aug. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 1 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Robin Baker, a former research biologist and writer, has produced a fascinating and very readable book about the science which is presented to us, the public, by the media, in ways which are over-simplified and perhaps misleading.
The book itself is written with the lay reader in mind, but the academic basis is lightened by interesting explanations and delightful visual metaphors. Topics covered include sunscreen lotions and skin cancer, depression and personality, cholesterol and heart attacks, and plenty more about us and our environment. There is a discussion about the influence of genes on behaviour, and how this affects concepts of free will and self-control.
I was especially interested in the depression chapter. I liked the breadth of vision, the acceptance of the problems and the thoughtful engagement with the issues - a progressive and non-judgmental emphasis. Dr Baker keeps depression within the context of real life -genetic inheritance, relationships, lifestyle, which is a constructive approach, given that an episode of depressive illness may last years.
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Oct 24, Chiara rated it did not like it Shelves: For a book that is effectively trying to show us that the commonly accepted science is wrong, I was majorly put off by the lack of primary references. Stating statistics without articles to back them up was probably what prevented me from finishing the book. I was looking forward to reading it, too, but controversial arguments - which I was very ready to look at with an open mind - need to be really thoroughly supported by evidence.
Jan 19, Anita Oz rated it really liked it. Does sunscreen cause cancer? I like to read about challenging issues, and how as a society we accept what is told to us, but in reality, can we believe everything we are told?
This book deals with many issues in our current society, and presents a unique perspective. Aug 24, Andrew Tunstall rated it really liked it. Beware the purveyors of sun screen!
All those chemicals being lathered into your skin and causing skin cancer Feb 04, Gerry rated it really liked it. I like this book as Robin shows us how our world works. Jul 08, Desi rated it liked it. An interesting, if somewhat unenthusiastic, discussion of a few questions you may want the answer to. Karen rated it liked it Jun 15, Kinch rated it liked it Sep 10, Steve Dewey rated it liked it Apr 08, Aragorn rated it liked it Jul 18, Ania rated it liked it May 25, Sadat Jabeen rated it really liked it Aug 26, Mark rated it liked it Jul 16, Deniz rated it liked it May 05, Peter rated it really liked it Nov 15, Jesse Smithyman rated it liked it Oct 18, Jonathan rated it liked it Jul 18, Yudha Djamil added it Sep 26, Rob added it Nov 25, Robertpettifer added it Sep 25, Aisyah added it Sep 27, Affanich marked it as to-read May 07, Robert Bast added it Jan 10, Aequoria Valmont added it May 02, Hayley marked it as to-read May 12, Suzanna marked it as to-read Aug 07, Ary marked it as to-read Nov 21, Jacques marked it as to-read Jan 30, Stewart Johnson marked it as to-read Jul 05, Foxglove Zayuri marked it as to-read Nov 23,