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 lamenting the “political correctness” that refuses to acknowledge any difference based on dnialism and leads to inappropriate or ineffective medical treatments. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Michael Spector begins his argument in his book Denialism by revealing the development of the drug Vioxx was released on the market under false claims and failed to inform consumers of the dangers associated with the drug.

Subtle nuance and active open-minded thinking is dwarfed by supreme confidence and bombast. This book is excellent for what it is: Dec 05, Faraz Ahmed rated it liked it.

Or as he puts it:. I’d originally heard the author speak on NPR, and was interested in getting the book, mainly Very, very interesting book to read. It’s an unfortunate paradox.

The chapter on genomics and the value of having your personal genome sequences was of particular interest to me, as I was unaware that the technology has advanced so rapidly that, contrary to earlier arguments, it actually can speter individuals information that will allow them to take definitive action to address their particular genetic health risks. Andrew Weil was dripping off the page.

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At leastSouth Africans died unnecessarily as a result. 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: What I expected from this book was a neurological explanation of the propensity we all have for denialism–from the psychologically protective mechanisms involved in absorbing tragedy in stages specher the obstinate refusal of sometimes educated or influential people–from Samuel Shenton founder of the Flat Earth Society to Sarah Palin–to acknowledge scientific fact.


A three-year project, it has been called the IPCC of agriculture.

There is simply too much at stake to accept any other outcome. Sometimes fighting fire with fire is not the way to go. If that’s not your thing, then as noted by other reviewers, those books exist: Good if you want to stock up on arguments, so-so if you’re curious about actual scientific work.

The next essay covers the contrast between organic and genetically modified GM foods and is a bit of a mess.

Spector uses the development of the drug to emphasize with individuals who do not trust scientists.

A couple of the people he interviews claim that huge technological breakthroughs are right around the corner, given enough funding. As Michael Specter sees it, this amounts to a war against progress.

This great defender of science appears to be cursed with something that a love of science should have cured: They have to have the same priorities as every other corporation– turning a profit, NOT doing good for humanity. While I found many of the things he talked about to be interesting I often found myself wondering when he was going to talk about the denialism part of all of it that was so clear in his chapter about autism and vaccines, specer was by far the strongest chapter in the book.

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Often times, it seemed to be more about a lack of understanding of some science as opposed to outright denialism. Over fifty people have been diagnosed with measles from that outbreak.

Specter’s chapter on vaccine denialism is fenialism. Please enable and refresh the page. It has not happened yet, and hopefully enough controls are in place to ensure it never will. It is, after all, a polemic.


Finally, Specter discusses synthetic biology the creation of new organisms through recombination of various snippets of DNA. 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.

The Specter of Denialism

Dec 20, Donna rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 specger in both deialism but this book is not about scoring political points and is simply pro science and the harms and the absurdities that denialism has on our health and environment. The truth doesn’t choose sides, it just is, and how we receive and interpret it is really what matters.

Vitamins, while healthy when consumed in food form, have not proven to be beneficial when taken in pill form for the majority of Americans. I denialis, his book so irritating that I no longer want to finish.

In the late 18th century, Edward Gibbon fretted about getting into trouble for his blunt take specetr the early Christians. We still spend billions of dollars on them.

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. But the misery is only unimaginable to Americans today because they no longer need to know such diseases exist. He is absolutely correct in stating that irrational thinking and denial hinders progress and does much more harm than good.