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If you listen to any political argument, you're eventually bound to hear something like: "The science is settled on this." Or: "Just look at the statistics!" Or: "There have been studies that say..."

You'd think we were living in the golden age of science and reason. But the truth is far more sinister, says Austin Ruse. We're actually living in the age of the low information voter, easily misled by all-too-convincing false statistics and studies. In Fake Science, Ruse debunks so-called "facts" used to advance political causes one after the other, revealing how poorly they stand up to actual science.

©2017 Mission Audio (P)2017 Mission Audio

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Right Wing Scientist has issues with this book

Just to be clear, I'm a biologist and lean right wing. But I still have issues with this book. There were times where I had trouble trusting the author because I saw some tactics used that doesn't suggest honesty. For example, when discussing child abuse and abortion, he stated that 60,000 children were found to be abused around the time abortion was legalized and that sometime later (I can't remember how much but more than a decade) that was up to 1 million. While horrifying, unfortunately absolute numbers aren't always helpful but rather proportions (for all we know the rate went down, but we had such a large population increase). Now, this might not have been a deliberate attempt to obfuscate but rather due to space limitations of the book the author could not pick apart the nuances. I would prefer a book that could address the nuances better.

The narrator wasn't great either. He mispronounced "fetal" (as fatal) and "pubic" (as public).

I'll be returning this unfinished.

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A Lifetime of Pet Peeves Released in a Burst

I thought the book might simply be a quick cash-in on the huge fake news output of the Left that was exposed during the last election (and which they have not learned from - they've only redoubled their efforts - such as trying to redirect our attention away from their huge fake news output with the comparatively minuscule effort of the Russians - if true), but instead I found the book a release of a lifetime of outrage.

The author covered a lot of ground, and from what I've observed in the world, I found the author spot-on in most areas (and not surprisingly, the areas he seemed more well-versed in (fake political and social polls, the attack on the traditional family, the transgender comedy, the homosexual gene, abortion (which spurred a new insight by me - the human fetus is human, it simply lacks higher consciousness - of which it still has in development - so lawmakers can reassess it from there), sex (which reinforced another insight I had - that porn is sex without love or commitment - and don't say you already knew that, too - you didn't), divorce, gay parents (which is only an issue as long as humans remain clueless - and they still are, to the last), GMO's, poverty, fracking (which most people know little about, yet they oppose it based in media hype), the doomsday scenarios of global warming, fake crowd science, but I found that he was off the mark in the one area he was weak in - that of global warming being caused by humans (the recent and still-rising spike is unmistakable) (that is, if the spike I saw was not just another bit of fake science from the Left...).

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An Enigma of a Book

Although the content of the book has true validity I surely could not finish it and thats not to say, that you will feel the same way. I found out how important a good commenter is to a book on Audible, the key to my sanity.

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Informative

Where does Fake Science rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Fantastic well researched stats are current and the accuracy of said data is undeniable.

Author keeps the story moving brilliantly quotes numbers and statistics without it becoming
Overwhelming.

The Truth Shall Set You Free...

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interesting

I agreed with 3/4 of it. Now that part I disagreed with just doesn't make sense if you think about it in a common sense manner.

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Answers to Fake Facts

There should be different criteria to evaluate nonfiction books for which "story" isn't at all important as the FACTS which is what the reader is after! Certainly accurate facts are what is the best in this informative explanation that answers the "politically correct" incorrectness we hear in the media constsntly!

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I am sure some of his

Statistics and science are as skewed as those he is debunking.... that said they do correspond to my unresearched opinions..... narrator was too monotone .... even for this type of book you need a little excitement....

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not too shabby

This book would get a higher score accept for 2 problems. It has trouble playing through Bluetooth headphones. Secondly, the arguments on gay conversion therapy and against abortion/embryonic stem cell research were lacking in development. Where these arguements were concernedI did find much of the information useful, and the book finished strong. A worthwhile read, especially for people who are left leaning but unafraid of information which contradicts their beliefs. I am left leaning on many issues, and I am still glad I read it.

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some very interesting perspectives. some not so.

some very interesting perspectives but some were as questionable as the points he was trying to argue.

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  • SD
  • 07-18-17

Too Political

Harps on the 2017 election, not a scientific endeavor.
There are better sources for these topics. It's mostly political propaganda. Constantly telling the reader that all problems are the result of the monolithic boogie man know as "The Left". It's unfortunate that it can't recognize and stick to the science.

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  • Hank
  • 06-13-18

fascinating insight and lots of examples

What I really enjoyed about this book was the many examples of faulty scientific methodology in a range of issues like LGBT, global warming, abortion, overpopulation and others. Highly recommend.

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  • William A Beardsley
  • 07-31-17

Finally the truth presented.

Some very important facts are presented in this book that are usually hidden from the populace. I am grateful for the courageous author who is willing to highlight so much fallacy.