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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Interesting review of aspects of modern society where emotional reactions and political positions overwhelm scientific thinking. He doesn’t take seriously enough the fact that even the most pro-science among us have good reasons to distrust corporations and governments. Again, no need to agree with every science-based report that praises organic ag. I would argue that we can’t restore public trust in science until we tame the spectfr of corporations and lobbyists.

Maybe nothing will happen. I still want that g-d joy. Nov 24, Dwight rated it it was ok Shelves: Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Finally, this review is intended as a light rebuttal to some of the complaints I read in other reviews.

In addition, while he is compassionate in his discussion of aspects of human nature that make us so susceptible to the kind of denialism he describes, Spceter didn’t come away from the book with much of a sense of what could actually be done to change things. There is simply too much at stake to accept any other outcome. Indeed, the few companies involved in GMO seed production have been accorded such extraordinary intellectual property power by the U.

Not a good book.

Especially for someone who you’d think would be well aware of both, given that he’s a science journalist. Mar 03, Blake Nelson rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 26, Jeffrey rated it really liked it Shelves: When you pick up those dozen eggs at the store your phone will remind you renialism not only do you have high cholesterol but you have already bought eggs this week.

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Furthermore, his condemnation of all alternative medicine reveals that although he is arguing against denialism, he is demonstrating a version of denialism as he only validates evidence that is in par with his point of view.


The more technology becomes a part of our lives, the more we have to rely on other people: In the chapter on parents who are afraid to vaccinate, Specter provides a moving quote from Benjamin Franklin – afraid of the potential risks of the smallpox inoculation, he refused to let his son receive it.

Then states that hunger is not a production, but a distribution problem. One thoughtful review noted that the author failed to distinguish between science and technology e.

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Return to Book Page. Support Center Support Center. As media like Food, Inc. Jun 21, Menglong Youk rated it really liked it Shelves: As Michael Specter sees it, this amounts to a war against progress.

Jun 04, Lydia Arnold rated it liked it.

There are nearly infinite permutations that may create downstream effects for which one might need to prepare. Nuclear weapons deniailsm technology. Scientific output is messy and full of contradictions.

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

In the rich nations we consume three times the meat and four times the milk per capita of people in poorer countries. Subtle nuance and active open-minded thinking is dwarfed by supreme confidence and bombast. With companies knowingly putting unsafe products on the market such as Merck’s drug Vioxx and Ford’s Pinto, it’s no wonder that people think big corporations put profit before human lives.

May 31, Susan rated it did not like it. All the other alternatives homeopathy, acupuncture, magnet therapy, herbal supplements, chiropractic and others if they work at all merely demonstrate the placebo effect. I consider myself to be a fairly inquisitive and knowledgeable denializm when it comes to the things that I endorse. In the western world, dangerous common diseases in the past like smallpox were totally forgotten, which is why there is an increasing number of parents refusing to vaccinate their children due to the doubt of autism.

The Specter of Denialism

In this book Specter voices his frustration at the illogic, misinformation, and downright politicking plaguing important discussions of the planet’s future. But while he’s aware spectwr not every invention is good, or put to good use the Vioxx chapter is excellenthe’s mostly picking fights with popular-but-ignorant movements that don’t require engagement on more challenging questions.


It wasn’t very coherent.

Occasionally, the people we rely on make mistakes. In this provocative and headline-making book, Michael Specter confronts the widespread fear of science and its terrible toll on individuals and the planet.

Likewise, although Specter supports industry, he is pragmatic and does not put himself in a cheerleader role, instead acknowledging corporate culpability in driving and perpetuating denialism: Specter is best when the answer is both obvious and simple. Specter sees denialism as an anti-science backlash fueled by fear, ignorance, and isolated but highly publicized scandals. The author is as candid and open about these things, and I give him deniailsm points in my book for admitting to uncertainties or to the denia,ism that the calculus might have people hurt, but overall more people benefit in the end a pharmaceutical version of realpolitik?

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. Maybe give them what they want, doubled, in a place they will notice its presence. However, I find in a number of his arguments he is rather simplistic, assuming that the situations are strictly black and white.

Denialis, me have mixed feelings about the work as a whole. 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 offer individuals information that will allow them to take definitive action to address their particular genetic health risks.