Tuesday, April 21, 2015
How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial by Darryl Cunningham
I found this to be a very informative book, but it's also a book that's preaching to the choir. You're not going to pick up this book if you're a person who thinks climate change doesn't exist or that there's no such thing as evolution. This isn't going to be the book that manages to convince naysayers otherwise, because the naysayers aren't going to pick up a book on exposing the myths of science denial, even if it's in a friendly graphic novel format.
But if you're a person who's interested in where these myths come from, and how they can scientifically be refuted (so you can impress your friends and be prepared for your next cocktail party when someone says, "So what do you think about fracking?") this is the book for you.
What I liked about it was that it stressed critical thinking and the scientific method. Cunningham was very clear that just because we find something to be true now using the scientific method, doesn't mean that that will always be the case. Some new piece of information or research might come along that changes things. Something new might be discovered. But we must think critically and base our understanding on facts that come about through careful experimentation and observation. We can't disregard pieces of information because they don't fit with what we personally think, or what we'd like to be true.
Cunningham provided evidence for each issue he was looking at, as well as explaining how the myth originated, and how scientific data and facts can prove the myth inaccurate.
The writing is clear and straightforward, although I found some concepts easier to understand than others. I still find the concept of fracking confusing. Also, frack will never not make me think of Battlestar Galactica (the one with the moral dilemmas, not the one with the laser beams).
The book is arranged in strips, with three rows on each page with two panels per row with little variation. The art is carrtoonish, and is mixed with real photographs and detailed portraits of individuals mentioned. It made for an interesting mix.
While younger middle school students might have difficult, I think this would be appropriate for 8th grade and up.