Book Review: Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud

Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud

Covering numerous topics including Joe Newman’s energy machine, cold fusion, homeopathic medicine, anti-vaccination movement, power line cancer, magnetic therapy and assorted other items ranging from questionable to absurd, this book from 2000 describes the lengths the self-deluded to criminal will go to in the pursuit of vindication or to perpetrate a scam. The various categories of voodoo science, be it pathological self-delusion, pseudoscience, junk science or plain old superstitious mumbo jumbo are discussed thoroughly in a humorous and perhaps snarky presentation (one of the best lines in the book is “the attempt to extract the oxygen you need from water is called ‘drowning'”) that will evoke a snicker or two. You will wonder why anybody, perhaps even you, fell for some of these claims. But you will like the book.