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

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PublicAffairs, Sep 12, 2012 - Political Science - 320 pages
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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.

 

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Another fatuous debunking effort. Takes on about 100 liberal anti-scientific "myths". Unfortunately, this shallow and scattershot approach is always doomed if the reader knows anything about any of ... Read full review

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I watched the authors' live book presentation on BookTV web stream. Campbell stated that he disliked individuals who used science for their own extremes. I, however, rail against any scientist who ... Read full review

Contents

ONE Whats a Progressive?
9
FOUR Food Fight
57
SIX Sunshine Days and Flower Power
89
SEVEN Bring on the Vaccines and Viagra
109
NINE Welcome to the AntiRenaissance
141
ELEVEN Education and Its Discontents
177
TWELVE The Death of Science Journalism
195
THIRTEEN False Equivalence
209
FOURTEEN The War on Excellence
225
FIFTEEN Twelve Issues for 2012 and Beyond
239
An Appeal
257
Notes
263
Index
293
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Alex B. Berezow is the editor of RealClearScience. His work has appeared on CNN, and in USA Today, Forbes, and The Economist among other publications. In 2010, he earned a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Washington. Originally from southern Illinois, he currently lives in Seattle.

Hank Campbell is the founder and editor of Science 2.0, the world's largest independent science communication community. Prior to that, he was a senior executive at three physics software companies. He graduated from Duquesne University and was formerly a U.S. Army officer.

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