But Specter isn’t much interested in the roots of denialism, much less in engaging productively with it. While his book brims with passion and. That Gibbon is not Michael Specter, a New Yorker staff writer and author of the new book Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific. The Specter of Denialism. Conspiracy theories surrounding the global HIV/AIDS epidemic have cost thousands of lives. But science is fighting.

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He must discover the inevitable mixture of error and corruption which she contracted in a long residence upon Earth, among a weak and degenerate race of beings. A more melancholy duty is imposed on the historian.

But they’re still concerned about harmful agricultural practices. Sorry, but the truth is that this world can be an ugly, random place to be, and nature doesn’t choose sides.

Aug 15, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Vaccines remain one of our most critical public health interventions, yet an increasingly vocal group of antivaccinationists call vaccines toxic and attribute numerous conditions, denialsm as autism, to vaccination despite evidence to the contrary.

I see this as an argument for more government investment in “green revolution” projects with the stipulation that fruits of this research will be freely available to all. But it makes what happens next all the more troubling: I can see Jenny McCarthy.

Why is it that in some circles, advertising how much you don’t know seems to be a qualification for high positions or power?

The Specter of Denialism

Specter brought up many arguments in this particular book This book is an excellent source of information and proof that our self-inflicted ignorance is limiting progress on a massive scale. Please enable and refresh the page.

spectef On the contrary, evidence suggests the money is simply better spent on treatments that are proven to be effective. In this provocative and headline-making book, Michael Specter confronts the widespread fear of science and its terrible toll on individuals and the planet.

The book contains good information overall.

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Mar 02, John Wenning rated it liked it. Then vitamin and herbal supplements are up – again, Mr. Want to Read saving…. He doesn’t address, though, that some companies may not be as diligent in testing for allergens that they might be introducing via genetic modification–and there are many possible allergens, so it’s dwnialism to expect a company to check from them all.


But it is a change of degree, not of type. Nov 01, Trish rated it liked it Shelves: What really frightened me in the book are how people are wholly willing to shut down the rational part of their brains in order to focus on the thing a fetish, if you will, in the traditional sense of the word that is fucking up their lives, and make it the source and deniwlism of their pain, so that if they can either attack it or find a cure for it, they can have some control over their issue and feel better about themselves.

Denialism, written by a science writer for the New Yorker, While I agree with the sentiment, the problem with writing a book to call out zealots and denialists dehialism that to do it convincingly and passionately the author comes across as a zealot. This book was challenging, fascinating, and enlightening. He uses spevter examples of how vaccines have sspecter individuals through history and its evidence that autism and vaccine usage have no correlation whatsoever.

Scientists often have a tough time responding to antiscience conspiracy theories because their integrity is impugned by the conspiratorial moves made against them. Jan 14, Danielle rated it liked it. Michael Specter, a science writer for the New Yorker, sees denialism as an irrational emotional reaction by ordinary people who fear technology because they fear loss of control over their own lives. What emerges is a manifesto that brilliantly captures one of the pivotal clashes of our era.

All the other alternatives homeopathy, acupuncture, magnet denialsim, herbal supplements, chiropractic and others if they work at all merely demonstrate the placebo effect. As far as secter news goes, measles were mostly a theoretical threat when this book was written; while I was reading it—in —measles were being reported as sweeping through Disneyland. Specter describes the increasing public willingness to deny the hard-won facts of science in favor of myths and shoddy investigation.


Why do people trust Jenny McCarthy or Oprah when dealing with their dneialism than a doctor?

Notably, in the section on organic food: The next essay covers the contrast between organic and genetically modified GM foods and is a bit of a mess. Jun 04, Lydia Arnold rated it liked it. Besides, organic food is itself genetically modified, just because it’s been modified over generations instead of over a couple years doesn’t make it any more natural.

According to the UN, not so much. He doesn’t take seriously enough the fact that even the most pro-science among us have good reasons to distrust corporations and governments. His grasp of political science is also a bit naive the solution to hunger in Africa is to get better governments. Dec 05, Faraz Ahmed rated it liked it. It takes thirteen hundred gallons of water to produce a single hamburger; a steak requires double that amount. 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.

Hardcoverpages. Changed my thinking about a lot of things. Sometimes it is hard to want to save mankind from itself. Yet Specter ignores a more recent paper this one fromby the U. This is why vitamin pills are sometimes referred to as “expensive pee”. Jun 21, Menglong Youk rated it really liked it Shelves: He ends with a look to the future: Also, what sort of pie-in-the-sky future society has created a pocket nagging device that comprehends and interprets how your particular genome will be impacted by every single outside stimuli, but has created no way to assist someone who is genetically predisposed to metabolize caffeine slowly?

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The FDA was asleep at the switch. They’ll always be in denial. Michael Specter shows us how to accurately assess the impact of science on these and other essential elements denialis our daily lives.