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Bullsh*t: How to detect junk science, bogus claims, wacky theories, and general human stupidity

Despite the catchy title, I found this book very enlightening with some of the "alternate" claims on science topics as diverse as evolution, climate change, vaccinations, fake archaeology, and even a chapter that discusses the paranormal, Nostradamus, and horoscopes.
John Grant has written a book that is written for a general audience, which can be useful if used with adults or college students.
The author mentions the Dunning-Kruger Effect and how people overestimate how much they know on a topic so they aren't able to see the fallacies they are professing to be scientific truth. He also does a good job of explaining why spreading these ideas is damaging by giving several examples, which included AIDS and how obstructing ideas caused more problems than solutions, and "safe smoking" that was promoted by the tobacco companies.
This book includes footnotes in every chapter and a bibliography at the end so more research could be done on the topics presented in the book.
The author has written more than 70 books, which include a series of books on the misunderstanding of science.
Note: The word "bullsh*t" is used in the book several times so take that into consideration based on your audience.

This is a great recommendation! I was just thinking about my upcoming science methods class and will utilize this resource for sure. Thanks for sharing.

Patty, I look forward to hearing how it goes in your science methods class. I think this source could be a good one for a science methods course. Have you ever taught the CRAP method in your science class? That is a way to help analyze fact from fiction, used by librarians and English teachers primarily but I found it useful for preservice elementary teachers in my science methods classes. There are some fun, fake websites meant for elementary/middle students. Let me know which chapter(s) you might use and how you will integrate it into your classroom!