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Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives - 09 edition

Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives (ISBN10: 1594202303; ISBN13: 9781594202308)
ISBN13: 978-1594202308
ISBN10: 1594202303

Summary: In this provocative and headline- making book, Michael Specter confronts the widespread fear of science and its terrible toll on individuals and the planet. In Denialism, New Yorkerstaff writer Michael Specter reveals that Americans have come to mistrust institutions and especially the institution of science more today than ever before. For centuries, the general view had been that science is neither good nor bad-that it merely supplies information and that new information is always ...show more beneficial. Now, science is viewed as a political constituency that isn't always in our best interest. We live in a world where the leaders of African nations prefer to let their citizens starve to death rather than import genetically modified grains. Childhood vaccines have proven to be the most effective public health measure in history, yet people march on Washington to protest their use. In the United States a growing series of studies show that dietary supplements and �''natural�'' cures have almost no value, and often cause harm. We still spend billions of dollars on them. In hundreds of the best universities in the world, laboratories are anonymous, unmarked, and surrounded by platoons of security guards-such is the opposition to any research that includes experiments with animals. And pharmaceutical companies that just forty years ago were perhaps the most visible symbol of our remarkable advance against disease have increasingly been seen as callous corporations propelled solely by avarice and greed. As Michael Specter sees it, this amounts to a war against progress. The issues may be complex but the choices are not: Are we going to continue to embrace new technologies, along with acknowledging their limitations and threats, or are we ready to slink back into an era of magical thinking? In Denialism, Specter makes an argument for a new Enlightenment, the revival of an approach to the physical world that was stunningly effective for hundreds of years: What can be understood an ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 09
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 10/29/2009
International: No



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For centuries, science was considered a neutral source of reliable information; however, today, science is regarded as a special-interest group ruthlessly striving for profits. Meanwhile, people rebu ...show moreke scientific progress and turn to magical thinking. Author Michael Specter calls this "denialism," and in "Denialism," he explains the phenomenon and its origin. One source is our growing inability to accept that progress always involves some risk; another is our poor grasp of history. Filled with groundbreaking insight and a guide back to reason, "Denialism" is a vital book for all Americans. ...show less
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