Brains, beliefs and bad ideas

How do you define science? Whose theories are right? And why are we as capable of achieving amazing feats of engineering and discovery as we are of believing in myths and legends?

“McRae has found a way to make complex information as easy to read as a holiday novel.” Cosmos Magazine

“This book provides a number of personal and community tools to help that slow transition from superstition and fallacy to sometimes uncertain truth.” Canberra Times

“Fascinating, highly informative and user-friendly.” Clare Calvet’s Weekend Reading, ABC.

“Every teenager needs to be given a copy of Tribal Science as they walk out of their final classes. Any adult that hasn’t been educated in the need for logical reasoning and the proper application of skeptical thought should go out and buy it. I don’t say this lightly – the last thing I want to do is encourage people to buy things they don’t need. You need this book.” APN review

“Mike McRae’s Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs, and Bad Ideas is short, sweet, often humorous and to the point. It’s also pithy and full of quote-worthy sentences.”

Tribal Science will take us through these unchartered territories of the murky world of scientific squabbles, arguments and accusations about who is right and who is wrong. In this book, I take a close look at the history of science in order to address the demarcation problem, dig into belief-formation to better understand our modern love and often blind faith in scientific culture, and propose how our tribal brains make it difficult to interpret the good science from the bad.

Tribal Science: Brains, beliefs and bad ideas is published by the University of Queensland Press (Australia) and Prometheus Books (United States and Canada). See for a list of Australian retailers. Tribal Science is also available through and is on Kindle.

Published on December 22, 2010 at 10:01 am  Leave a Comment  

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