Reality Check How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future

ISBN-10: 0253010292
ISBN-13: 9780253010292
Edition: 2013
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Description: The battles over evolution, climate change, childhood vaccinations, the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science in our country are reaching a fevered pitch. Many people and institutions have  More...

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List price: $28.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 8/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 392
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

The battles over evolution, climate change, childhood vaccinations, the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science in our country are reaching a fevered pitch. Many people and institutions have exerted enormous efforts to misrepresent or flatly deny demonstrable scientific reality to protect their nonscientific ideology, their power, or their bottom line. To shed light on this darkness, Donald R. Prothero explains the scientific process and why society has come to rely on science not only to provide a better life but also to reach verifiable truths no other method can obtain. He describes how major scientific ideas that are accepted by the entire scientific community (evolution, anthropogenic global warming, vaccination, the HIV cause of AIDS, and others) have been attacked with totally unscientific arguments and methods. Prothero argues that science deniers pose a serious threat to society, as their attempts to subvert the truth have resulted in widespread scientific ignorance, increased risk of global catastrophes and deaths due to the spread of diseases that could have been prevented.

Michael Shermer is the director of the Skeptics Society and the host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at the California Institute of Technology. He teaches science, technology, and evolutionary thought in the Cultural Studies Program at Occidental College.

Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Reality Check
Science, Our Candle in the Darkness
Betrayers of the Truth: Selling Out Science
Making the Environment the Enemy: Acid Rain, the Ozone Hole, and the Demonization of Rachel Carson
Hot Enough for You? The Heated Debate over a Warming Planet
Gimme That Old Time Religion: Creationism, Intelligent Design, and the Denial of Humanity's Place in Nature
Jenny's Body Count: Playing Russian Roulette with Our Children
Victims of Modern Witch Doctors: AIDS Denialism
If It Quacks like a Quack: Snake-Oil Con Artists in an Era of Medical Science
What's Your Sign? The Ancient Pseudoscience of Astrology
Down the Slope of Hubbert's Curve: The End of Cheap Oil and Natural Resources
Far from the Madding Crowd: Human Overpopulation and Its Consequences
The Rejection of Reality: How the Denial of Science Threatens Us All
Notes
Index

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