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The march of unreason : science, democracy, and the new fundamentalism

Author: Dick Taverne
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In The March of Unreason, Dick Taverne expresses his concern that irrationality is on the rise in Western society, and argues that public opinion is increasingly dominated by unreflecting prejudice and an unwillingness to engage with factual evidence. Discussing topics such as genetically modified crops and foods, organic farming, the MMR vaccine, environmentalism, the precautionary principle, and the new  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dick Taverne
ISBN: 0192804855 9780192804853
OCLC Number: 57193289
Description: 310 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: From optimism to pessimism --
Medicine and magic --
The myth of organic farming --
The case for GM crops --
The case against GM crops --
The rise of eco-fundamentalism --
The perils of precaution --
The attack on science --
Multinational companies and globalization --
Reason and democracy.
Responsibility: Dick Taverne.
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Views that pessimism and distrust of science and technology is rife in society, combined with the growth of irrationality and practices unsupported by evidence, such as alternative medicine. This  Read more...

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In his trenchant way, Dick Taverne does his readers a service by summarizing a case for science. * TLS *

 
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