The March of Unreason: Science, Democracy, and the New Fundamentalism

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Oxford University Press, USA, Jan 18, 2007 - Political Science - 320 pages
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In The March of Unreason, Dick Taverne expresses his concern that irrationality is on the rise in Western society, and argues that public opinion is increasingly dominated by unreflecting prejudice and an unwillingness to engage with factual evidence. Discussing topics such as genetically modified crops and foods, organic farming, the MMR vaccine, environmentalism, the precautionary principle, and the new anti-capitalist and anti-globalization movements, he argues that the rejection of the evidence-based approach nurtures a culture of suspicion, distrust, and cynicism, and leads to dogmatic assertion and intolerance. Science, with all the benefits it brings, is an essential part of a civilized and democratic society: it offers the most hopeful future for humankind.

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Review: The March of Unreason: Science, Democracy, and the New Fundamentalism

User Review  - Aurelien - Goodreads

Politician and founder of the 'Sense for Science' charity, Dick Taverne is more than just a writer debunking some of the worrying trends of our time (from the anti-GMO hysteria to organic farming, and ... Read full review

Review: The March of Unreason: Science, Democracy, and the New Fundamentalism

User Review  - Don - Goodreads

Thought provoking read that gives a reader a lot to chew on, through I thought the author over-stated his case at times (though, he is writing more about current situations in Great Britain and Europe ... Read full review

Contents

The Case against GM Crops
107
The Perils of Precaution
168
Reason and Democracy
250
Copyright

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Dick Taverne was the Labour MP for Lincoln from 1962 to 1972, when he resigned to fight the famous Lincoln by-election as an independent social democrat in 1973, and won. In 1974 he wrote The Future of the Left, Lincoln and After (Jonathan Cape), which predicted the split in the Labour party that happened seven years later. He is now a Liberal-Democrat peer. Becoming gradually more and more concerned about the increasing mood of hostility and suspicion towards science, in 2002 he founded the association 'Sense About Science' to promote an evidence-based approach to scientific issues.

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