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Denialism : How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives
by Michael Specter

Overview - In this provocative and headline-making book, "New Yorker" staff writer Specter reveals that Americans have come to mistrust institutions, especially the institution of science. The author examines this fear and its terrible toll on individuals and the planet.  Read more...

 
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In this provocative and headline-making book, "New Yorker" staff writer Specter reveals that Americans have come to mistrust institutions, especially the institution of science. The author examines this fear and its terrible toll on individuals and the planet.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594202308
  • ISBN-10: 1594202303
  • Publisher: Penguin Press
  • Publish Date: October 2009
  • Page Count: 294

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 36.
  • Review Date: 2009-09-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Although denialists, according to Specter, come from both ends of the political spectrum, they have one important trait in common: their willingness to “replace the rigorous and open-minded skepticism of science with the inflexible certainty of ideological commitment.” Specter analyzes the consequences of this inflexibility and draws some startling and uncomfortable conclusions for the health of both individuals and society. For example, though every reputable scientific study demonstrates the safety of major childhood vaccines, opponents of childhood immunization are winning the publicity war; childhood immunizations are tumbling and preventable diseases are increasing, often leading to unnecessary deaths. Specter, a New Yorker science and public health writer, does an equally credible job of demolishing the health claims made by those promoting organic produce and all forms of “alternative” medicine. Specter is both provocative and thoughtful in his defense of science and rationality—though he certainly does not believe that scientists are infallible. His writing is engaging and his sources are credible, making this a significant addition to public discourse on the importance of discriminating between credible science and snake oil. (Nov. 2)

 
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