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TaintedHow Philosophy of Science Can Expose Bad Science$
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Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199396412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396412.001.0001

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Hormesis Harms

Hormesis Harms

The Emperor Has No Biochemistry Clothes

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(p.29) Chapter 3 Hormesis Harms
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Tainted
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Kristin Shrader-Frechette

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396412.003.0003

This chapter illustrates analysis of the hormesis concept in biochemistry—discussed by Edward Calabrese—and shows how its scientific support relies on logical fallacies that include equivocation, invalid extrapolation, hasty generalization, inconsistency, begging the question, and confusing necessary and sufficient conditions. The chapter illustrates that, even without obtaining any data on hormesis, practical philosophers of science often can use logic to uncover flawed scientific methods.

Keywords:   begging the question, biochemistry, Calabrese, equivocation, extrapolation, hormesis

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