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THE SCIENTIFIC ATTITUDE

The Scientific Attitude

Coming April 2019

Attacks on science have become commonplace. Claims that climate change isn't settled science—or that evolution is "only a theory"—reflect basic misunderstanding of how science works. Yet defenders of science often point to its successes without being able to explain exactly why scientific claims are superior. In The Scientific Attitude, Lee McIntyre argues that we can best understand what is distinctive about science not by focusing on its method or achievements, but on those instances of failure to live up to one of its most basic values—"the scientific attitude"—which is caring about evidence and being willing to change our theories on the basis of evidence. The most efficient way to combat science denial, pseudoscience, and scientific fraud is to understand them as violations of a group ideal that is embraced by the community of scientific practitioners.

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The MIT Press (Hardcover) April 2019, ISBN: 9780262039833

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