The truth is out there. Nothing embodies that saying like the data presented inÂ How To Fake A Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial. No matter how you slice it, science is real and it has led mankind on some wondrous adventures and completely changed our lives. From how we view the cosmos to explaining things a bit closer to home here on Earth, we see science everywhere. Now before you go getting your panties in a bunch, this book doesn’t go out of it’s way to debunk anything you learned in Sunday School. Instead, it examines how, through scientific methods, deductions (and yes, proof) can be found in a plethora of areas.
From ridiculous conspiracy theories such as Global Warming lies and the Moon Landing hoax to more mundane, medicinally focused issues such as Homeopathic remedies and Chiropractic cures, Darryl Cunningham delves deeply into the facts. Knowing that both sides in an argument are apt to use disinformation to further their agendas, he presents everything in a humorous and enlightening manner.
But make no mistake, this little graphic novel is going to piss off some folks, especially when they get to the Evolution chapter. Regardless of where you stand on this, the facts are presented and even annotated with references supplied. As with everything in life, it’s up to each person to make up their minds individually. But then, that’s why the author put this book together…to level the playing field for young adults that might not be getting both sides of the story.
Some of the chapters deal with difficult subjects, some less so, but for whatever reasons they are all hot button topics. I won’t go into details here but suffice to say that more people should examine things from all sides prior to making their minds up about something. If you only hear or read one version, then how can you consider yourself informed? It’s all about critical thinking. And maybe the goofy little cartoons and facts in this book can spawn a bit more of it.
The art is passable in this book, nothing spectacular but then it wasn’t meant to be. It plays the second chair to the data put forth. As well it should, too. The easy to read format is meant to draw in a wider variety of teens, especially the ones that aren’t regular readers. The bibliography in the back will enable those that do read more to find more information. Unlike a lot of other books, this one doesn’t expect anyone to mindlessly follow it. Instead, it wants us to think for ourselves and see the truth for what it is. What’s that saying? “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”
I don’t have any expectation of this book finding its way into the hands of the diehard anti-science folk, but rest assured I think it’s going to make a great gift for some of my older nieces and nephews. It’s fun and informative without being preachy. And if it gets them to look a little deeper at life and the world around them, then so be it. Grab a copy when you get your local bookstore next, give it a read. If you find it fair and balanced (not that TV network’s version) then gift it to a teen you know. Make them more aware of their surroundings. As G.I. Joe always said in the cartoons: “Knowing is half the battle!”