More explanation, less vendetta please

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Had high hopes about this, thinking it would deliver an in-depth analysis about why counterknowledge exists and how it spreads and so on.  Instead Thompson seems to concentrate more on exposing anything that doesn’t stand up to Western-style empiricism as counterknowledge. While it’s fine demolishing the quack theories of Creationists, Intelligent Design adherents, Holocaust deniers and 9/ 11 conspiracy theorists, I felt he gave short shrift to topics like acupuncture.  The book sort of continues on the website counterknowledge.com.  High marks for content, analytical rigour could have been improved though.

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