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Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future

Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future

  • Title: Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future
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  • ISBN : 9780253010292
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 392 pages


The battles over evolution, climate change, childhood vaccinations, and the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science in our country all 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 The battles over evolution, climate change, childhood vaccinations, and the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science in our country all 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


Author Donald R Prothero

Donald R Prothero is a Professor of Geology at Occidental College and Lecturer in Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology He teaches Physical and Historical Geology, Sedimentary Geology, and Paleontology His specialties are mammalian paleontology and magnetic stratigraphy of the Cenozoic His current research focuses on the dating of the climatic changes that occurred between 30




Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future Reviews (20)

  • A key problem with any kind of polemicist including the scientific kind is the matter of audience Is the author writing to convince the wrong headed, or to win the acclaim of those who agree In this case, though Prothero includes a number of useful graphs and charts, his tone is that of preaching to [..]

  • I agree with everything this author ranted about for 300 pages So, four stars for the content He gets two stars for his presentation Evolution, global warming, vaccinations and astrology are examined with a few other shorter topics This author is very angry He s boiling As the book progresses he get [..]

  • This book covers science denialism and its negative impact on our society and future Some chapters the denial of science is only a matter of wasting money on quack cures like Homeopathy or Chiropractic medicine or Astrology other times it is a matter of human survival in the near future like Climate [..]

  • Reality Check is a book primarily about the implications of science denial for the fields of economics, environmental science, sociology, and civics political science both domestically and internationally The book is extremely thorough and the author takes pains to clearly explain the scientific con [..]

  • I will summarize my thoughts on this book by quoting a few parts Richard Feynman said, The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool So how do we avoid fooling ourselves How do we avoid getting caught up in weird beliefs and find out what is real The o [..]

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