by Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway
published by Bloomsbury Press
© 2010 by Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway
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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 scientists --mostly physicists,
former cold warriors who now serve a conservative agenda, and vested
interests like the tobacco industry. The authors name these scientists
--all with powerful connections in government and the media -- including
Robert Jastrow, Frederick Seitz, and S. Fred Singer. Seven compelling
chapters detail seven issues (acid rain, the dangers of smoking and
secondhand smoke, the ozone hole, global warming, the Strategic Defense
Initiative, and the banning of DDT) in which this group aimed to sow
seeds of public doubt on matters of settled science. They did so by
casting aspersions on the science and the scientists who produce it.
Oreskes, a professor of history and science studies at UC–San
Diego, and science writer Conway also emphasize how journalists and
Internet bloggers uncritically repeat these charges. This book deserves
serious attention for the lessons it provides about the misuse of science
for political and commercial ends.
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