March 28, 2020

Review: Denialism by Michael Specter.

What’s the harm? This is the statement often echoed in today’s world anytime an exception is raised to pseudoscience. The current atmosphere in society seems to be that there’s no danger in at least supplanting science with sorcery, as long as we don’t apply both to the same rigorous standards… or is something more ominous afoot? Recently, we had the chance to read Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives by Michael Specter.

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Review: Science Under Siege edited by Kendrick Frazier.

After centuries of progressive enlightenment, a sinister reversal is afoot. Ever since science has become an effective force for change, there have been those who either inadvertently or deliberately sought to reverse the benefits it has wrought to modern society. True, scientific development is not without its own set of problems as the paradigm shifts; such is our evolution into a more mindful, forward thinking species. But the detractors and exposures of “pseudo” or “anti” science seek to revert our hard won knowledge back to ignorance; at best, their failure represents a simple misinterpretation of the scientific method. But at its worst, their misguided ideology can cost lives… a look at the heavens’ gate mass suicide or the current anti-vax movement shows that. I sometimes wonder if our grandparents look down on us, woefully shaking their heads as we work to undo the hard won knowledge they accumulated for our own general well being… [Read more...]