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The Sciences

PZ, Your Book is En Route

The IntersectionBy The IntersectionJuly 2, 2009 7:13 PM


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Our book, Unscientific America, is not out yet. True, it is already shipping to some folks from Amazon, and there are some copies out there (especially on Kindles), but the pub date is July 13. The book tour doesn't begin til July 16, and is mainly focused in August. Most bloggers, so far as we can tell, have not yet received copies. The books have been going out in waves, and not in a particularly orderly fashion. Chris sent a courtesy copy to Ophelia Benson, a longtime e-colleague–who chose to read and criticize its chapter 8 in isolation. PZ Myers, who is discussed in this chapter, now has a post up saying the following:

I received Chris Mooney's last two books as review copies, before the simple folk could get theirs, and I also gave them positive (and sincere!) reviews. I'd noticed that he's got a new book out, but strangely, I hadn't been sent a copy this time. I was wondering what was up with that, but now Ophelia Benson has read part of the book, and all is explained. He spends part of one chapter singling me out for criticism! Gosh, I guess he felt he wouldn't get a friendly review this time.

PZ, as Sheril pointed out, you are on a list to receive the book and it should be on its way. We hope that you, and your readers, will give it a fair shake, rather than going on a few quotations about the eighth chapter alone. As you'll see, we disagree about some things. But this book is not about you, or the New Atheism, or science and religion. It is about the vast problem of science in our culture, and science and religion conflicts are just one component of this. The real issue is the future of America, how we dig ourselves out of this economic mess, conquer global warming, and properly educate our citizens. It goes far beyond the arguments we sometimes have here in the science blog world. We hope that like Dr. Coyne, you will suspend judgment until reading the book, at which point we'll be interested to hear what you think.

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