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Denialism

Denialism
The Dangers of Irrational Thinking and Ignoring Science Experts
Michael Specter
Price: £
9.99
  • Paperback
Published: 
17 May 2018
ISBN: 
9780715653036
Pages: 
336
Genre: 
  • Popular Science
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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.  

Reviews

‘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

Michael Specter

About Michael Specter

Michael Specter writes about science, technology and global public health for the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1998. He has twice received the Global Health Council’s Excellence in Media Award, as well as the Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Denialism

Denialism
How Irrational Thinking Prevents Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet and Threatens Our Lives
Michael Specter
Price: £
12.00
  • Paperback
Published: 
6 Dec 2010
ISBN: 
9780715639436
Pages: 
304
Genre: 
  • Popular Science
Available from:

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, 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.

Michael Specter

About Michael Specter

Michael Specter writes about science, technology and global public health for the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1998. He has twice received the Global Health Council’s Excellence in Media Award, as well as the Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Denialism

Denialism
How Irrational Thinking Prevents Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet and Threatens Our Lives
Michael Specter
Price: £
12.00
Published: 
6 Dec 2010
ISBN: 
9780715641033
Pages: 
304
Genre: 
  • Popular Science
Available from:

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, 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.

Reviews

'A superb and convincing work... A lucid and inciteful book about a very frightening and irrational phenomenon'
Malcolm Gladwell

Michael Specter

About Michael Specter

Michael Specter writes about science, technology and global public health for the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1998. He has twice received the Global Health Council’s Excellence in Media Award, as well as the Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.