- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; First Edtion; First Edition edition (September 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610391640
- ISBN-13: 978-1610391641
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 89 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left First Edtion; First Edition Edition
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The authors spend a fair amount of time at the outset of this unsettling book explaining that they don’t have a political agenda, but the book’s subtitle, combined with its stated purpose—“to inform you about a disturbing trend among highly influential progressive activists who misinterpret, misrepresent, and abuse science to advance their ideological and political agendas”—might lead some readers to conclude otherwise. Leaving politics aside, though, there is much here to recommend. The science is clearly explained, and the issues surrounding the science laid out with clarity. There are a lot of hot-button topics here: environmentalism, genetically modified organisms, organic food, product testing on animals, solar power, clean energy, and more. The authors explore the issues in detail, working very hard to give the appearance of political neutrality, and the book does an excellent job of opening readers’ minds to the possibility that these issues aren’t as cut-and-dried as they might have been led to believe by politicians and the media. Open-minded readers, those who don’t mind being asked to reassess their long-held beliefs, should find much here to think about and debate. --David Pitt
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“Entertaining, enlightening and important. This valuable book should shatter the left's smug certainty that science registers as a partisan Democrat. Berezow and Campbell provide persuasive evidence and argument that should reshape conventional wisdom on a wide variety of current controversies."
“A sophisticatedly vitriolic, somewhat tongue-in-cheek addition to the current election debate.”
“Their nonpartisan message is clear: Washington as a whole is woefully uninformed when it comes to the scientific underpinnings of pertinent topics like stem cell research, green energy, organic food, vaccines, and gender issues."
“Groundbreaking…If I were teaching journalism, this is a book that I would require my students to read and absorb -- and keep for reference.”
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I seriously doubt, however, that the book will change many (if any) minds. The writing is not good enough to induce a non-believer to continue plowing through the text. For those few who do, they will find that the the arguments about the science are advanced in either conclusory form, or with occasional references to things like microjoules, which the average reader must accept on faith. More off-putting for a lot of reaers will be the repeated denigration of "progressives." The inevitable result of that will be that anyone considering himself or herself a progressive will be spending too much time dismissing these assertions, and too little attention to the scientific issues being discussed.