Merchants of doubt: how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming

By: Oreskes, Naomi
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York Bloomsbury 2010Description: 355 P.ISBN: 9781596916104Subject(s): Democracy and science | Science news --Moral and ethical aspects | Scientists --Professional ethicsDDC classification: 174.95 Summary: Oreskes and Conway tell an important story about the misuse of science to mislead the public on matters ranging from the risks of smoking to the reality of global warming. The people the authors accuse in this carefully documented book are themselves scientistsDmostlyphysicists,formercoldwarriorswhonowserveaconservativeagenda,andvestedinterestslikethetobaccoindustry.TheauthorsnamethesescientistsDallwithpowerfulconnectionsingovernmentandthemediaDincludingRobertJastrow,FrederickSeitz,andS.FredSinger.Sevencompellingchaptersdetailsevenissues(acidrain,thedangersofsmokingandsecondhandsmoke,theozonehole,globalwarming,theStrategicDefenseInitiative,andthebanningofDDT)inwhichthisgroupaimedtosowseedsofpublicdoubtonmattersofsettledscience.Theydidsobycastingaspersionsonthescienceandthescientistswhoproduceit.Oreskes,aprofessorofhistoryandsciencestudiesatUCDSanDiego,andsciencewriterConwayalsoemphasizehowjournalistsandInternetbloggersuncriticallyrepeatthesecharges.Thisbookdeservesseriousattentionforthelessonsitprovidesaboutthemisuseofscienceforpoliticalandcommercialends. (http://www.amazon.com)
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Oreskes and Conway tell an important story about the misuse of science to mislead the public on matters ranging from the risks of smoking to the reality of global warming. The people the authors accuse in this carefully documented book are themselves scientistsDmostlyphysicists,formercoldwarriorswhonowserveaconservativeagenda,andvestedinterestslikethetobaccoindustry.TheauthorsnamethesescientistsDallwithpowerfulconnectionsingovernmentandthemediaDincludingRobertJastrow,FrederickSeitz,andS.FredSinger.Sevencompellingchaptersdetailsevenissues(acidrain,thedangersofsmokingandsecondhandsmoke,theozonehole,globalwarming,theStrategicDefenseInitiative,andthebanningofDDT)inwhichthisgroupaimedtosowseedsofpublicdoubtonmattersofsettledscience.Theydidsobycastingaspersionsonthescienceandthescientistswhoproduceit.Oreskes,aprofessorofhistoryandsciencestudiesatUCDSanDiego,andsciencewriterConwayalsoemphasizehowjournalistsandInternetbloggersuncriticallyrepeatthesecharges.Thisbookdeservesseriousattentionforthelessonsitprovidesaboutthemisuseofscienceforpoliticalandcommercialends. (http://www.amazon.com)

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