Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left

Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left


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Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left by Alex Berezow, Hank Campbell

To listen to most pundits and political writers, evolution, stem cells, and climate change are the only scientific issues worth mentioning—and the only people who are anti-science are conservatives. Yet those on the left have numerous fallacies of their own. Aversion to clean energy programs, basic biological research, and even life-saving vaccines come naturally to many progressives. These are positions supported by little more than junk-science and paranoid thinking.

Now for the first time, science writers Dr. Alex B. Berezow and Hank Campbell have drawn open the curtain on the left’s fear of science. As Science Left Behind reveals, vague inclinations about the wholesomeness of all things natural, the unhealthiness of the unnatural, and many other seductive fallacies have led to an epidemic of misinformation. The results: public health crises, damaging and misguided policies, and worst of all, a new culture war over basic scientific facts—in which the left is just as culpable as the right.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610391641
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 09/12/2012
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dr. Alex B. Berezow is the editor of RealClearScience, a sister site of RealClearPolitics. His work has appeared on CNN, USA Today, and Forbes, among other publications. In 2010, he earned a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Washington. Originally from southern Illinois, he graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in microbiology.

Hank Campbell is the founder and editor of Science 2.0, the world's largest independent science communication community. Prior to founding Science 2.0 in 2006, he was a senior executive at three physics software companies, including one that resulted in an IPO. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1987 with a degree in psychology and journalism and was formerly a U.S. Army officer.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Progressive War on Spoons 1

1 What's a Progressive? 9

2 The State of the "Pro-Science" Union 21

3 Organic Food: The Holy Eucharist of Environmentalism 39

4 Food Fight! 57

5 Crappy Conservation and Clean Energy Chaos 69

6 Sunshine Days and Flower Power 89

7 Bring on the Vaccines and Viagra 109

8 PETA: Professional Experimenters Testing on Animals 125

9 Welcome to the Anti-Renaissance 141

10 Boys Have Wee-Wees and Girls Have Hoo-Hoos 161

11 Education and Its Discontents 177

12 The Death of Science Journalism 195

13 False Equivalence 209

14 The War on Excellence 225

15 Twelve Issues for 2012 and Beyond 239

Conclusion Closing Arguments: An Appeal to Scientific Reasoning 257

Acknowledgments 261

Notes 263

Index 293

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