Silencing Science

Silencing Science

by Steven Milloy
     
 

Science has been a major contributor to the health and wealth we enjoy today, but not everyone is happy with it. Science can get in the way of social and environmental activists, politicians, lawyers, and government regulators. This book is a tongue-in-cheek how-to manual for the concerned citizen annoyed by pesky science. The authors describe more than 20 efforts

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Science has been a major contributor to the health and wealth we enjoy today, but not everyone is happy with it. Science can get in the way of social and environmental activists, politicians, lawyers, and government regulators. This book is a tongue-in-cheek how-to manual for the concerned citizen annoyed by pesky science. The authors describe more than 20 efforts of individuals and organizations to stop science in its tracks using techniques ranging from defunding scientific research to squashing scientific debate to substituting junk science for real science. Their witty descriptions illuminate the mischief that has followed successful and all-to-real efforts to thwart true science and offer stark reminders of the risks that follow when real science is silenced.

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Booknews
Milloy is a lawyer, an author (of several publications on risk assessment), and the publisher of the Junk Science Home Page. Gough, a biologist by training, is the director of science and risk studies at the Cato Institute and the author of numerous papers about the environment and occupational health. In this slim volume written in a shot-gun style<-->short, choppy paragraphs lacking transitions<-- >they identify cases in which individuals and organizations with economic or political motives have stopped the emergence of scientific facts using techniques ranging from defunding research to quashing debate. Lacks references and an index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781882577729
Publisher:
Cato Institute
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Pages:
68
Product dimensions:
4.44(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.23(d)

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