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Errata

Below is a list of the known errors in the text of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America.  If you discover an error, I would love to hear from you.  Think of it as peer review.  Please use the contact form on this website.

Page 8 - The Union of Concerned Scientists omitted

The book lists the many science organizations that provided key support to the Science Debate effort.  However I neglected to mention one of the most helpful.  While not a "cosponsor," the Union of Concerned Scientists offered critical support via their Scientific Integrity program, with particular help from the leadership of Francesca Grifo and Michael Halpern.  Their new Center for Science and Democracy hopes to take on many of the challenges identified in this book and deserves your support.

Page 100 - That David Bowie song

The book refers to the David Bowie song "Major Tom."  This is incorrect.   Although most people likely remember the song by this memorable lyric, "ground control to Major Tom," the correct name is "Space Oddity."  

Page 118 - The F word

The book states that "The burning of wood, we learned, is oxidation, much more akin to rusting than it is to the fission going on in the sun."  This is incorrect.  While there are probably some atoms in the sun that undergo fission (there are such atoms almost anywhere) the light from the sun comes from the nuclear process called fusion.  Damn you, fingers!

Page 152 - The MMR vaccine and thimerosal

The book states "They began refusing the MMR and other vaccines for their children.  The MMR vaccine contained thimerosal, a preservative that contains mercury."  This is incorrect.  The MMR vaccine has never contained thimerosal.  The words "MMR and other" and "MMR" in the above two sentences were inserted by Rodale's copyeditor and I didn't catch them in the final draft.  For an excellent discussion of toxins and vaccines see this blog post.  For more information on the controversy between vaccines and autism, see this paper by noted epidemiologist Paul Offit.

Page 199 - Al Gore and the Hockey Stick graph

The book states Mann, et al's hockey stick graph was used "by a scissorlift-riding Al Gore in the documentary film An Inconvenient Truth."  This is technically incorrect.  Gore used a step ladder.  He used a scissorlift to dramatize the divergence in a subsequent "hockey stick" graph showing several hundred thousand years of ice-core data.