Denialism : How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives Paperback
In today's world we encounter such an abundance of confusing and conflicting information regarding what to do and what not to do, what to eat and what not to eat, what is safe and what is harmful, that it is often difficult to know what is true and what is not.
In "Denialism", the New Yorker's Michael Specter delivers a frank and unflinching examination of the irrationality at the heart of the scare mongering and pseudo-science that stand in the way of progress and argues against modern scepticism of science and for a return to rationality.
Tackling a broad range of contentious topics including genetically-modifed versus 'organic' food, concern over pharmaceutical corporations' practices, vaccination fears, and the effectiveness of complementary medicine, "Denialism" is at times controversial but always compelling in its strong case in favour of fact-based decision-making as individuals and as a society.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
- Publication Date: 31/12/2010
- Category: Impact of science & technology on society
- ISBN: 9780715639436
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Review by gopfolk
With this book I'm torn. I find that the author took great care in picking out his topics but in many circumstances failed to deliver the final message.Case in point is Vioxx...so was the company the denier or was it those that tarred and feathered the company the deniers? Was it pure greed on the pharmaceutical side or was it the tiny fraction of incidents that is the concern?There is also the political context here that seems to be out of alignment. Through out the book the author seems to imply that it is the conservatives that are the deniers (praising Obama numerous times in the book) even going so far as to call out "Orin Hatch, the Utah Republican" but ignoring the word "Democrat" when calling out Tom Harkin instead using "populist liberal" as a political tag. The book is full of the deniers being Democrats but not once does the author take up that as an issue.These topics are near and dear to my me since science is close to my heart and I hate seeing it bastardized by those that "once heard something" or that "read it online" rather than allowing science to run its due course.