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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Cattle require staggering amounts of fresh, potable water. Why not have chapters on climate change, sex ed, evolution, etc.? The author is freque This book is a polemic, railing against counter-culture anxiety toward technological progress and scientific illiteracy, as expressed in the anti-vaccination movement, organic ideology, GMO hysteria, etc.

I have no doubt that he heard silly, science-denying things there. The promoters of dubious health claims used to be called charlatans, quacks spectwr con artists. Support Center Support Center. Finally, Specter discusses synthetic biology the creation of new organisms through recombination of various snippets of DNA.

Childhood vaccines have proven to be the most effective public health measure in history, yet people march on Washington slecter protest their use. Apr 04, Mark rated it liked it. This book is an excellent source of information and proof that our self-inflicted ignorance is limiting progress on a massive scale. Specter opens his book with a denjalism discussion of the Vioxx tragedy and the very reasonable fears it left in its wake. But Michael Specter very valuably denislism them under one roof and gives them a name.

By the end I got the feeling that Specter was primarily an optimist who just likes scientists as people and gets annoyed with idiotic conspiracy theories about pharmaceutical companies. Oct 29, Pages.

Who knows if the science is right or wrong. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The next chapter outlines the anti-vaccine movement – his disdain for Jenny McCarthy, in particular, is palpable. For many years, photosynthetic autotrophic plants and microalgae have been considered as a possible biofuel feedstock, inasmuch as they can be harvested and use sunlight to convert CO2 into a wide variety of metabolites.


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

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 unrealistic to expect a company to check from them all. The criticism is not without merit, but while I prefer to hear more dispassionate argumentation, that method is not universally effective. Stay in Touch Sign up. An estimated 88, Americans may have suffered Vioxx-induced heart attacks.

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From a political point of view, I’m disturbed that all of these are as far as I can see leftie things. Specter’s chapter on vaccine denialism is brilliant. He tries dnialism to be just a cheerleader for science, but he doesn’t end up exploring ethical issues beyond, “We should talk about this” or “We can’t put the genie back in the bottle. Thing is, for the most part, I do trust scientists! The book, which was written inactually makes the prediction that creating new species using synthetic biology will be a 7th grade science experiment in 3 years.

Also while he mentions that one reason people are sometimes against GMO is that it gives seed companies greater control farmers have to buy new seed every year instead of re-using sppecter that they’ve storedhe paints the seed companies are largely benevolent, that it’s a choice to use GMO seeds and that farmers can still continue to use seeds that they can store.

Sppecter is speculative futurism, not to mention absurd. People like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Michael Specter may be necessary gatekeepers willing to take on the ugly task of rigorously enforcing intellectual accountability.

Subtle nuance and active open-minded thinking is dwarfed by supreme confidence and bombast. There was massive controversy about the practice. However, it’s incorrect to think that organic food is healthier, as deaths due to salmonella poisoning and drinking unpasteurized milk prove. Open Preview See a Problem? It shows its age a bit—it was published in —by continuing to flay Jenny McCarthy for her hardline stance on the non-existent link between vaccines and autism, rather than flay her for her nearly-as-irresponsible tepid recant.

Just because doctors sometimes make mistakes, that doesn’t mean that the entire medical establishment is wrong. The vaccine chapter got my attention, and concerned me greatly not only for the attention its gotten in spedter 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. Or they might not.


Instead, he plays the role of public prosecutor. Honestly, if I know a kid has not been vaccinated for certain things, I don’t want him in my class as he or she poses as much a threat to the health of everyone else including myself.

But instead of using this acknowledgement to further his argument, he claims that anyone who doubts anything relating to science is a denialist which gives off unsophisticated tone from the very beginning. Specter also thinks the “two cultures” of C.

The more technology becomes a part of our lives, the more we have to rely on other people: Journalist Michael Specter describes this phenomenon in Denialism: I just think Specter should be more skeptical when it comes to predictions about what technology we’re going to have in the future.

This book was denualism, fascinating, and enlightening.

In doing so, he lurches toward a kind of denialism of his own. What astounded me though was the body of scientific evidence even now, they just denounced the initial study as a specreryet people still cling to this idea, when any number of things might be the cause for autism, such as the environment, the food, media how many parents leave their kids watching TV?

Some would say that if you repeat a lie long enough and there is no immediate and strong repudiation, the lie takes on an aura of credibility. Medical Hypotheses had a policy against peer review, so Elsevier asked the Lancet to oversee a peer review of the paper.

With the world’s population spiraling out of control, genetically modified food may be the only way to feed the world’s hungry.

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