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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Childhood vaccines have proven to be the most effective public health measure in history, yet people march on Washington to protest their use. Specter argues convincingly that low-tech, organic farming will not be enough to feed the growing human population of a warming planet. After his son contracted the disease and died at the age of four, he spoke out to urge other parents not to make his same mistake. As far as vaccination 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.

The vaccine chapter got my attention, and concerned me greatly not only for the attention its gotten in the media, but also for the shrillness and total ignorance of one of its “leaders”, Jenny McCarthy, and due to the fact that I work in education. In the middle part of the century, the authority of science, and our faith in its ability to cure our ills and improve our lives, was much stronger. This book is much more politically neutral than other books on these topics such as “The Republican War on Science” a critique of the right and “Science Left Behind” a critique of the left and covers topics covered If you are unfamiliar with the topics in this book, then I recommend it; otherwise I really don’t.

How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens our Lives stands a testament to that, and—whether it meant to or not—forced examination of how I process and internalize information in order to form opinions.

These people are all truly in denial. Mar 29, John Anderson rated it it was amazing. In this age of instant gratification and online research, so many people are used to getting answers, and the honest truth is that while we are capable of amazing things, we still are mere mortals.


I found the case studies of failure to be instructive the first renialism talks about Vioxx and how its effects on people with a history of heart issues was suppressed.

These are salient points that Denialism raises, and they do require some consideration. He lives in New York. Indeed, the few companies involved in GMO seed production have been accorded such extraordinary intellectual property power by the U.

He is absolutely correct in stating that irrational thinking and denial hinders progress and does much more harm than good. For some reason, people want to point at failures in the scientific method as proof that we should not trust any scientist about anything, ignoring the incredible amount of good that has come from science, and ignoring that the checks and balances inherent in science are what exposed and fixed the problems in the first place. Thing is, for the most part, I do trust scientists!

Michael Specter writes about science, technology and global public health for the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since In hundreds of the best universities in the world, laboratories are anonymous, unmarked, and surrounded by platoons of security guards—such is the opposition to any research that includes experiments with animals.

The Specter of Denialism

The frustrating tension at the heart “Denialism” is that Specter provides a lot of evidence that we are losing control of our lives and our technologies because corporations put short-term profit ahead social welfare. There is a current movement of people lead by former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy who are opposed to vaccines because they think they cause autism. I am the target-market for this book; I know that. Generally, he might have more fully engaged the major literature on ag development in the global south.

While, it’s true that in rare cases, some people have an adverse reaction to taking a vaccine, the evidence overwhelming proves that taking vaccines is safer than not taking them. Geckos on the Run. The author’s basic premise is that some people, for whatever reason, want to believe whatever lunacy they’ve chosen to believe over hard, scientific fact.

Michael Specter’s new book ‘Denialism’ misses its targets

Specter does a good job here, but taking down denilism medicine is about as challenging as shooting fish in a barrel. Changed my speter about a lot of things. It openly doubts whether GMOs actually increase yields; and debialism the patent regime that now governs them. The issues may be complex but the choices are not: The early chapters bounce from vaccines to Vioxx, Complementary and Alternative Medicine to organic produce.

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Essay 4 is a discussion of vitamins and alternative medicine. This book is an excellent source of information and proof that our self-inflicted ignorance is limiting progress on a massive scale. Science Fights Backthis has prompted further direct action against Duesberg by the pro-science community. Read it Forward Read it first. In hundreds of the best universities in the world, laboratories are anonymous, unmarked, and surrounded by platoons of security guards—such is the opposition to any research that includes experiments with animals.

There are nearly infinite permutations that may create downstream effects for which one might need to prepare.

As media like Food, Inc. Specter also thinks the “two cultures” of C. She is very smart. The author is as candid and open about these things, and I give him some points in my book for admitting to uncertainties or to the fact that the calculus might have deialism hurt, but overall more people benefit in the end a pharmaceutical version of realpolitik?

Of them were in alone. Off-target effects of many advertised drugs warn of cancer, bleeding, death risks.

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All the other alternatives homeopathy, acupuncture, magnet therapy, herbal supplements, chiropractic and others if they work at all merely demonstrate the placebo effect. Nov 01, Trish rated it liked it Shelves: He’s not a scientist, but journalists are still perfectly capable of understanding the distinction, if they take the time to figure it out.

Jun 05, Anthony Faber rated it really liked it. While it is true that waking a sleeping person up is a waste of time, maybe among those who we think pretend to sleep, some are actually sleeping and waiting for the right methods evidence to tackle t 3. What can be understood and reliably repeated by experiment is what nature regarded as true. Scientists often have a tough time responding to antiscience conspiracy theories because their integrity is impugned by the conspiratorial moves made against them.

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