Denialism : the dangers of irrational thinking and ignoring science experts / Michael Specter.Material type: BookPublisher: London, England : Duckworth Overlook, 2018Edition: Updated edition.Description: 294 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0715653032; 9780715653036.Subject(s): Science -- Social aspects | Research -- Forecasting | Belief and doubt | Science -- PhilosophyDDC classification: 306.4/5 Summary: An assessment of the ways in which the scientific community is mistrusted cites the consequences of such fear-based behaviors as the avoidance of vaccines, the banning of genetically modified crops, and the denouncement of the pharmaceutical industry.
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There is so much confusing and conflicting information about the world in which we live that the truth can be impossible to find. The rise of modern scepticism against fake news ' is to be celebrated, but this cultural shift has led to a world where opinion is as valuable as fact. The existence of climate change; the safety behind eating genetically modified foods; and the effectiveness of herbal remedies over newly developed medicines are all hotly debated subjects and yet the science, rather than the rhetoric, is almost unanimous.
Denialism brilliantly exposes the irrational pseudoscience and scare-mongering that increasingly get in the way of the truth and sensible decision-making. Specter demonstrates how key areas of modern life from basic health, to the environment and overall scientific progress are being dangerously misdirected and why facts must be put back to the heart of our judgements and belief.
Previously published in 2010 as: Denialism : how irrational thinking hinders scientific progress, harms the planet, and threatens our lives.
"First published in 2009 by The Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc."--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-279) and index.
An assessment of the ways in which the scientific community is mistrusted cites the consequences of such fear-based behaviors as the avoidance of vaccines, the banning of genetically modified crops, and the denouncement of the pharmaceutical industry.