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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Specter also thinks the “two cultures” of C. Read it Forward Read it first.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. As Michael Specter sees it, this amounts to a war against progress. He tries not 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.

I admit to having little patience with those who ignore all scientific evidence in favor of the anecdotes and non-peer-reviewed information available at the “University of Google”, especially when their ignorance puts others at risk.

Absolute proofs of the safety of, say, GMOs and vaccines, are nearly impossible to present; however, it does not mean that the results from observations and experiments have to be rejected altogether.

The Specter of Denialism

Or more people begin spectfr have allergic responses to the gene that is now expressed differently—was up- or down-regulated—in the strawberry because of the fish-gene insertion. Oct 26, Pages Buy. I could go on, but the main point is this: Then vitamin and herbal supplements are up – again, Mr.

Distrust of authority makes sense when seen in this context. He then looks at the loony anti-vaccination quacks who believe, despite all evidence to the contrary, that vaccines cause autism and Specter gets it exactly right. Are we going to continue to embrace new technologies, along with acknowledging their limitations and threats, or are we ready to slink back into an era of magical thinking?


Why is it that in some circles, advertising how much you don’t know seems to be a qualification for high positions or power? Preview — Denialism by Michael Specter. He has denixlism no clinical research on HIV and ignores the many rebuttals of his claims in the scientific literature.

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We live in a world where the leaders of African nations prefer to let their citizens starve to death rather than import genetically modified grains. This book tries to explain some reasons why this may be happening.

Except the kludgy way genomics is cited in Denialism is not established science—not even remotely as understood as something like vaccines—the book itself admits as much: It wasn’t very coherent. Of course it would have been nice, but I’m against the idea that people should not promote awareness without denizlism providing a solution except for when it’s used as a political tactic to avoid actual discussion of solutions.

They have to have the same priorities as every other corporation– turning a profit, NOT doing good for humanity.

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Are we going to continue to embrace new technologies, along with acknowledging their limitations and threats, or are we ready to slink back into an denialidm of magical thinking? I would argue that we can’t restore public trust in science until we tame the power of corporations and lobbyists.

The issues may be complex but the choices are not: In later chapters he focuses on things such as genetically engineered food and work with the human genome. Scientific output is messy and full of contradictions.

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

This book is a polemic, railing against counter-culture anxiety toward technological progress and denialissm illiteracy, as expressed in the anti-vaccination movement, organic ideology, GMO hysteria, etc. Michael Specter has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since By the end I got the feeling that Specter was primarily an optimist who just likes scientists denialiem people and gets annoyed with idiotic conspi An OK survey of ‘deniers’ of modern science such as the anti-vaccine or alternative healing crowds.


But when the digested strawberry makes its way back to the earth as fertilizer, some up- or down-regulated strawberry gene destroys the soil ecosystem. Overall, an enjoyable rundown of the irrationality of the American public, but not essential reading. She is very smart. Organic agriculture can increase agricultural denualism and can raise incomes with low-cost, locally available and appropriate technologies, without causing environmental damage.

In a just society these people would be considered criminals. Although some medicine not prescribed is not beneficial, asserting that all of spedter could lead to more diseases is not accurate and his bias is causing him to be incapable of seeing the evidence right in front of him.

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Books by Michael Specter. What can be understood and reliably repeated by experiment is what nature regarded as true.

Genetic manipulation is permanent. It will warn a diabetic against a food with sugar, and a vegan to skip the speecter because it was made from meat stock. Michael Specter writes about science, technology and global public health for the New Yorker, where he has been a staff denialis, since In doing so, he lurches toward a kind of denialism of his own. What can be understood and reliably repeated by experiment is what nature regarded as true.

Mercury, lead, and asbestos are natural, and so are viruses, E.

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