- Popular Science
The controversial challenge to the anti-science movement – revised and updated.
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.
‘A lucid and insightful book about a very frightening and irrational phenomenon - the fear and superstition that threaten human science and progress. A superb and convincing work’ Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point
‘Brims with passion and many interesting facts’ The New York Times
‘A controversial new book that’s been a phenomenon… examining our obsession with vitamins and dietary supplement’ Daily Mail
‘Written in clear and accessible language, this uniquely valuable book explains an often confusing world’ Jerome Groopman, author of How Doctors Think
‘Provocative and thoughtful… 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’ Publishers Weekly