Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Harms the Planet and Threatens Our Lives

Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Harms the Planet and Threatens Our Lives

by Michael Specter

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Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Harms the Planet and Threatens Our Lives by Michael Specter

"A superb and convincing work."
-Malcolm Gladwell


At a time when our planet is in dire peril, Americans mistrust science more than ever. Few journalists appreciate what is at stake better than Michael Specter, who has spent the last twenty years reporting on everything from the AIDS epidemic to the digital revolution. In Denialism, he eloquently shows how, in a world where protesters march against childhood vaccines and Africans starve to death rather than import genetically modified grains, we must reconnect with the rational thinking that has underpinned the advance of civilization since the eighteenth century. What emerges is a manifesto that brilliantly captures one of the pivotal clashes of our era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143118312
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 868,252
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Specter writes about science, technology and global public health for the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1998. He has twice received the Global Health Council’s Excellence in Media Award, as well as the Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Vioxx and the Fear of Science 23

2 Vaccines and the Great Denial 57

3 The Organic Fetish 103

4 The Era of Echinacea 147

5 Race and the Language of Life 187

6 Surfing the Exponential 225

Afterword 265

Acknowledgments 273

Notes 277

Bibliography 285

Index 291

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