The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science / Edition 1

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science / Edition 1

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by Tom Bethell
     
 


"If the globe is warming, is mankind responsible, or is the sun?" Such a statement does not appear out of place in Bethell's entertaining account of how modern science is politically motivated and in desperate need of oversight. Bethell writes in a compulsively readable style, and although he provides legitimate insight into the potential benefits of nuclear power… See more details below

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"If the globe is warming, is mankind responsible, or is the sun?" Such a statement does not appear out of place in Bethell's entertaining account of how modern science is politically motivated and in desperate need of oversight. Bethell writes in a compulsively readable style, and although he provides legitimate insight into the potential benefits of nuclear power and hormesis, some readers will be turned off when he attempts to disprove global warming and especially evolution. Throughout the book, Bethell makes questionable claims about subjects as varied as AIDS ("careful U.S. studies had already shown that at least a thousand sexual contacts are needed to achieve heterosexual transmission of the virus") and extinction ("It is not possible definitely to attribute any given extinction to human activity"), and backs up his arguments with references to the music magazine SPIN and thriller-writer Michael Crichton. Ironically, Bethell ends up proving his own premise by producing a highly politicized account of how liberal intellectuals and unchecked government agencies have created a "white-coated priesthood" whose lust for grant money has driven them to produce fearsome (but in Bethell's view, false) tales of ozone destruction and AIDS pandemics. In the end, this book is unlikely to sway readers who aren't already in Bethell's ideological camp, as any points worthy of discussion get lost in the glut of unsourced claims that populate this latest installment of "The Politically Incorrect Guide" series.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780895260314
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
11/25/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
270
Sales rank:
653,016
Product dimensions:
7.24(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the lures of politics
Ch. 1Global warming1
Ch. 2Yes, more nukes19
Ch. 3Good vibes : the virtue of radiation39
Ch. 4"Good chemistry"57
Ch. 5The DDT ban73
Ch. 6Biodiversity and endangered species87
Ch. 7African AIDS : a political epidemic105
Ch. 8The folly of dolly : cloning and its discontents123
Ch. 9The stem cell challenge to bioengineering131
Ch. 10A map to nowhere147
Ch. 11The great cancer error165
Ch. 12The abiding myths : flat earth and warfare between science and religion181
Ch. 13By chance, or by design?199
Ch. 14Evolution : the missing evidence215

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