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

Author(s): Michael Specter

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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", the New Yorker's 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.


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'Michael Specter has written 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

Michael Specter writes about science, technology and global public health for the "New Yorker". 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.

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  • : 9780715639436
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : duckworth
  • : December 2010
  • : 234mm X 156mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2011
  • : books

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  • : Michael Specter
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 306.45
  • : 304