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Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left Alex Berezow Hank Campbell Science Left Behind Feel Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti Scientific Left It s become a truism that conservatives are anti science through and through Pundits eagerly trot out the fact that many republicans don t believe in evolution don t believe in global warming and di

  • Title: Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left
  • Author: Alex Berezow Hank Campbell
  • ISBN: 9781610391641
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left Alex Berezow Hank Campbell It s become a truism that conservatives are anti science through and through Pundits eagerly trot out the fact that many republicans don t believe in evolution, don t believe in global warming, and dislike embryonic stem cell research If science were constituted of just those three issues, then the critics might have a point However, as science writers Hank Campbell andIt s become a truism that conservatives are anti science through and through Pundits eagerly trot out the fact that many republicans don t believe in evolution, don t believe in global warming, and dislike embryonic stem cell research If science were constituted of just those three issues, then the critics might have a point However, as science writers Hank Campbell and Alex Berezow argue, there is much to science The anti vaccine, anti nuclear power, anti animal research, and anti genetic modification movements are all rooted in progressive ideology So are the extreme exponents of environmental movement, as well as those who oppose science education reform The Progressive War on Science calls the left to task for the unconscious political biases that lead to dangerous fallacies, and proves definitively that anti scientific thinking is a bipartisan phenomenon.
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    1. I was very excited when I first found out about this book I hoped that it would incontrovertibly debunk many of progressives unscientific beliefs by rigorously explaining the evidence regarding the safety of GMOs and other agricultural technologies, the importance of vaccines and other mainstream medical technologies, the complexity of humans innate psyche as opposed to the blank slate , the pros and cons of different energy policies, etc I was hoping to leave the book with an enriched understan [...]

    2. Not horrible in most places Some criticism of the loony progressives was justified and interesting On the other hand discussion on vegetarianism and animal rights was often idiotic and misleading For example, the way they framed Peter Singer felt especially unjustified Having read Singer myself, the way his position was represented here felt like a strawman totally lacking in nuance The section on animal rights also demonstrated, in my opinion, 2nd rate ethical thinking that collapses to absurdi [...]

    3. Extremely helpful book The purpose of the book is to show that conservatives on the far right who deny evolution and climate change do not hold a monopoly on anti scientific thought, explaining how knee jerk beliefs that everything natural is wholesome and therefore everything unnatural is unwholesome, and failure to correctly assess risk have led to political standpoints on the left that are often unfounded on any true science such as the backlash against vaccination I liked that the book provi [...]

    4. It was the worst science topic book I ve ever read The authors were so fixated on blaming and finger pointing progressives for everything wrong in the world, and it had such a negative connotation that you know there was no open mindedness to other viewpoints The book was a huge turn off, not against progressives from my perspective, but just a poorly written book by two guys who call themselves scientists The authors viewpoints were unconvincing because it s a whole book full of rantings finger [...]

    5. A great complement to The Republican War on Science Both books do a good job of highlighting the anti science tendencies of the other side Taken together, they demonstrate that both sides of the political spectrum respect science and the scientific method only when it comports with their previously held views Rarely if ever will being wrong on the facts change their minds.

    6. Great book on how the left distorts science from anti vaccine to organic food as better and other science that progressives try distort from the real science in order to make them feel good A book that needed to be written since it is always the progressives attacking conservatives as anti science it turns out progressives are just as bad if not worse.

    7. The book did at first have some good critiques of the psuedoscience that unfortunately a lot of progressives buy including organic foods and homeopathy d then came an entire chapter trying , Instead of even considering patriarchy as a possibility, it goes into several bizarre arguments in essence saying that the smartest men are smarter than the smartest women therefore STEM is dominated by men I stopped reading the book when it said that women go through semen withdrawls and when it started say [...]

    8. An excellent discussion of the scientific blindness of progressives, who focus on evolution on other issues while ignoring their anti science approach to science that truly improves human lives The book carefully documents the progressive attack on important, life saving science like vaccinations, using science to improve crop yields and reduce the need for pesticides and support for feel good but failed technologies like solar power.The authors, both with deep experience in science Berezow has [...]

    9. The common perception when it comes to Science is that the Progressive Left is the most informed evolution, climate change, and stem cells While the Libertarians and Conservatives are depicted as fearful of science Creationists, aversion to clean energy, etc and its implications to their religion Hank Campbell believes that that the Progressives do not deserve the title of being pro science and here is why 1 Organic food Don t buy that 5 dollar banana from Whole Foods Whole Food warns against ea [...]

    10. I watched the authors live book presentation on BookTV web stream Campbell stated that he disliked individuals who used science for their own extremes I, however, rail against any scientist who proclaims that data is not subjective It is subjective I ll get back to this point in a moment The authors are correct there are progressive extremists that go too far in terms of their agendas that they actually harm what they are trying to protect Extremism by any other name is still extremism The autho [...]

    11. Oh, my Where to start While this book had some good points, I had a huge problem with the premise What the authors define as Progressives the whipping boy of this tome most people would define as Loony Leftwing Fringers I think anti vaxxers are pretty equally represented on the left and right wings not a single mention of psycho right wing antivax cheerleader Jenny McCarthy Climate change deniers are most certainly heavily represented on the Conservative side, and since that will most likely be [...]

    12. A really interesting book in which the authors make some excellent points about science and scientific thought on the left side of the political spectrum They do, however, create and destroy a good many straw men in route to their conclusions They are also prone to glossing over the omissions and commissions of the right side of the spectrum Interesting read that causes one to examine beliefs, and opinions that are often taken for granted Any book that arouses strong passions is a good book.

    13. I think one reviewer put it best, these guys were a little sloppy maybe, their tone sounded a bit too much like they had axes to grind Their larger point that anti scientific thought is not limited to the right is spot on, but they seem to want to rub the lefts nose in it rather than let science do the talking However, it s maybe the snarky tone that makes this one readable, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and have become engrossed in running down citations Definitely food for thought.

    14. I wasn t sure what to expect with this book I think science denial is pretty prevalent in our society and can be found among all political persuasions Consequently, I actually do not disagree with the majority of what the authors present However, there are many instances where they use some weak arguments logical fallacies and a mocking tone to convey his point This made the book much less enjoyable.

    15. A pretty good debunking of all of the non science presented by the progressives They present several areas where progressives and conservatives both abuse science to support their own personal beliefs As a rational human being, I found this very refreshing.

    16. I don t think I can bear to finish this book Although there are some decent points, overall it is just a whiny retort at progressives calling conservatives anti science, I think his point could have been made in a 30 page paper and not a 300 page book It just got annoying.

    17. I myself read this book as an open minded independent and didn t get very far into it, so take this review with a grain of salt My suggestion to the author is that, when writing a book that tends to degrade the Left for being judgmental in parts, do not yourself fall into the very same bitterness I was ready to learn from this book until being judged myself as the reader for liking to shop at Whole Foods, when I myself am not a progressive The stereotyping that all who shop there fall under the [...]

    18. I read this with interest, because I believe that a lot of science is distorted by special interest groups I continued reading because I was faced with many ideas I disagree on and wanted to get a full picture However, than 3 4 of the way into it, I can t stand it any longer The author seems intent on generalizing and the book is basically just one long rant I gave it 2 stars because there are a few cogent facts buried amidst a sea of divisiveness.

    19. The road to hell is paved with good intentions Never has this been true than in the progressive Green movement, thanks to whose good intentions solar energy and other alternative energy projects are routinely scuttled, modern farming practices that are far efficient and less environmentally harmful than organic ones are often sued out of existence, and one of the best protections we have against potentially lethal infectious epidemics, i.e vaccinations are rejected by scientifically ignorant p [...]

    20. This book would be fine in small doses but the scope is far too large for one book There is no long game, no depth of detail in each topic, and right when I get to the light bulb moment of each section, we re off to the next topic Reading this book on a 6 hour flight really brought the formatting problem to the forefront Each chapter is based on the format, This is what you ve been lead to believe, and this is why that is wrong how it was spun to look different Each topic, be it compostable dini [...]

    21. The right is not anti science than the left it just has terrible public relations accusations are founded on a handful of scientific topics on which slightly conservatives hold slightly uninformed beliefs than those on the other side It blatantly ignores all of the uninformed beliefs that those who aren t conservative hang onto The authors do a good job of bringing out all the ways in which the left tramples science when it disagrees with ideology, while posturing as pro science Unfortunately [...]

    22. I decided to read this book mostly to see a different viewpoint While the authors do tackle and show that there are a lot of anti scientific viewpoints on the left, I was struck many times by how uncharitable their presentations of opponents viewpoints was For example, their treatment of Peter Singer s utilitarian viewpoint was terrible They didn t even point out that Singer is using an expanded utilitarian viewpoint, instead characterizing it by speciesism alone Based on this and other areas th [...]

    23. The attitude of a not insignificant chunk of the left towards science has always bugged me and at times made me feel embarrassed of people I often agree with on a lot So here s this book to let me wallow in that a while I get the sense that a few of the things they re critiquing are misrepresented or truly fringe which they often admit, but then why talk about it I can t say I learned too much new in here except for Obama s environmental record but feeling affirmed for 250 pages or so ain t bad. [...]

    24. A good read and VERY informative Well written and researched as well, there are plenty of citations for checking in on data The one problem I had with the books is that it was VERY outright political bashing at some points, which is ok, they stated their intentions in the Introduction and they did just as they said However, at some points I think there could have been neutral positioning It was a turn off to feel stupid of thinking that perhaps there may be a point to some of the arguments that [...]

    25. The authors set out to prove that conservatives aren t anti science, but in fact, progressives are anti science They explain the science and economics of organic food, GMO s, vaccines, clean energy, creationism, ANWR, pharmaceutical research and gender studies I found this book very interesting, even though I don t consider myself in the science realm Science has been co opted by politics and that s not good for the public.

    26. It is nice to hear someone trying to fair to both sides of the political spectrum I didn t always agree with the authors but I can respect their opinions and in many things they are right The progressive left does get away with being hostile to science although they can be just as bad as some of the conservatives I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to understand how science should be treated and how it currently is treated, particularly in regards to progressives.

    27. Overly bombastic in style and gets a few things hopelessly wrong In particular the treatment of Peter Singer was horrible, and frequent complaints are made about eugenics The authors even manage not to get the relationship between Galton and Darwin right half cousin not nephew.That aside the book is a useful summary of leftwing bias in and about science.

    28. Bracing but not written for the ages It makes a noble effort to take political parties out of the question of who propagates scientific stupidity, but since the point of publishing this book is to say stupid people aren t all Republicans, it really can t be avoided Nice parsing of the unexamined hypocrisies of the lazy progressive.

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