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Seeds of Science: Why We Got It So Wrong On GMOs Kindle Edition
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"A well-tempered, smoothly written book." - Kirkus
"Thought-provoking reading." - Publishers Weekly
". . . full of factoids that’ll make you rethink a highly debated subject, and also what’s really going on with those giant apples that don’t bruise or brown." - Bonappetit.com
"Lynas may have been brash and insistent in the past, but here, he is deliberate, thoughtful, and committed to setting the record straight regarding GMOs." - Booklist
"Partly a level-headed look at the benefits as well as the downsides of genetic modification, and partly a personal account of how Mark came to believe that the scientific method was, on the whole, not a bad way of analysing questions of crop production and farming. I found it riveting, largely because he writes so well and so open-mindedly, and I warmly recommend it." - Philip Pullman
"Mark Lynas tells the remarkable story of a mass delusion fuelled by primitive folk-science intuitions, sacred values, and disinformation from some of our most sainted organizations. His exposé is an important contribution to an issue with enormous potential for benefiting humanity, and a gripping account of the tensions that can surround technological progress."- Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now
"A gripping story of how a passionate troublemaker became an equally passionate campaigner for the facts. Seeds of Science is not only a compellingly-researched argument, it is the tale of how Mark Lynas's life changed. Reading it may change your life, too." - Tim Harford, author of Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy and presenter of More or Less
"Mark Lynas is a courageous writer whose evidence-based turnaround on GMOs should be a lesson to all environmentalists. A must-read for anyone who cares about our future." - Simon Singh, popular science writer and author of The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
"In short, Mark Lynas is a saint." - Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times
About the Author
- Publication Date : April 5, 2018
- File Size : 657 KB
- Print Length : 305 pages
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Sigma; 1st Edition (April 5, 2018)
- ASIN : B077BQZK5W
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #538,007 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, I didn't find the subject matter as interesting as his books about climate change and nuclear energy.
Lynas, a former anti-GMO activist, does a creditable job to retrace his shift of opinion and to give all sides -- even the much-maligned Monsanto -- a fair hearing with appropriate context.
In doing so, Lynas elevates SEEDS OF SCIENCE to a higher level; this is a book Dean Schooler Science, Scientists, and Public Policy, 1971, 338 pages with illustrations. or Thomas Kuhn The Structure of Scientific Revolutions might appreciate.
Because .. .
1. It demonstrates that evidence-based progress in science is deeply affected by organizational, political and social factors.
2. It shows that scientists are not immune to emotional adherence to opinions whose basis can erode beneath them.
3. It shows that despite polarization and rigidity in other sectors of society, within science it is possible for minds to be changed, and for science to advance, albeit along a jagged path. (Lynas cites Stewart Brand's seminal remark that ".. . the environmental movement has done more harm wtih its opposition to genetic engineering than with any other thing we've been wrong about" -- from Whole Earth Discipline: Why Dense Cities, Nuclear Power, Transgenic Crops, Restored Wildlands, and Geoengineering Are Necessary .
4. It demonstrates that professional and government associations can be important, if not universally persuasive. Lynas cites the AAAS, WHO, AMA, National Academy of Sciences, British Royal Society among others -- as influencing his own views and helping to advance lay education broadly.
5. Lynas indirectly warns that even as international groups edge toward open science, more flexible peer review, and less medieval publishing practices, even well-funded sources can be denied an equal voice. They can simply be shouted down, as has been done across the European Union.
6. It shows how the confounding of multiple causes and consequences can lead to faulty populist reasoning, such as connecting GMO restrictions with the well-intended pesticide restrictions of the organic farming movement, as shown by this typical Amazon product label 365 Everyday Value, Organic Wheat Square Crackers, 8 oz . A closer reading of Rachel Carson Silent Spring , as Lynas argues early in this valuable analysis, should be undertaken by those on all sides of this fast-changing technology.
Then he proceeds to describe how he and his previous comrades made situation with GMO so hostile that now even those better ways to modify genes make people revolt.
What I did not like about the book, that though in most cases he writes as a normal human being, sometimes being a journalist comes through in its yellow ugliness. Monsanto should not be judged for past sins because some of the other big corporations employed former nazi chemists (who made chemicals for the gas chambers) after they were released from jail? How is it even related? Sensationalism is not the best way to write about scientific matters.
Top reviews from other countries
debunks all the scare monger
Un livre écrit par un destructeur de champ d’OGM qui a trouvé par la suite qu’il avait tort. Une analyse intéressante qui devrait nourrir la réflexion de chacun et être mise en face de théorie contraire afin que chacun puisse se faire son idée.
En anglais uniquement pour le moment.