Science Left Behind

Science Left Behind

Feel-good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-scientific Left

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Argues that the political left holds more anti-scientific views than the right and are responsible for more scientific misinformation.

Perseus Publishing
To listen to most pundits and political writers, evolution, stem cells, and climate change are the only scientific issues worth mentioningand 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. AsScience 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 factsin which the left is just as culpable as the right.


A brash polemic that explains the origins of—and skewers—the left’s dangerous, unscientific claims about food, vaccines, and energy—and shows how resistance to scientific progress holds us back



Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: viii, 303 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781610391641
1610391640
Branch Call Number: 303.483 Ber
Additional Contributors: Campbell, Hank

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Apr 21, 2014

A reference to the author and this book: http://liberapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Alex_B._Berezow

oldhag Jul 13, 2013

Despite (or because of) engaging in the "ad hominem" attacks that they decry in the book, the authors still failed to persuasively make their case that the "Left" is more anti-science than the "Right". Their chapter on 'inherent" gender differences was particularly weak. Instances where they conflate things like brain size and intelligence to make a point are especially ludicrous (elephants' brains weigh approx. ten pounds. Are elephants smarter than humans?) Berezow and Campbell push a free market philosophy in the case of newly-created, lightly-researched pharmaceuticals but fail to endorse the labeling of "GMOs" so that consumers in the free market can decide whether, or not, they want to buy genetically-modified food. Book is "deeply unimpressive".

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