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The March of Unreason : Science, Democracy, and the New Fundamentalism - Dick Taverne

The March of Unreason

Science, Democracy, and the New Fundamentalism

Paperback Published: 30th November 2006
ISBN: 9780199205622
Number Of Pages: 320

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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 anti-capitalist and anti-globalization movements, he argues that the rejection of the evidence-based approach nurtures a culture of suspicion, distrust, and cynicism, and leads to dogmatic assertion and intolerance. Science, with all the benefits it brings, is an essential part of a civilized and democratic society: it offers the most hopeful future for humankind.

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..." offers a spirited defense of science and its evidence-based approach to public policy..."--The New York Post

Prologue 1: From optimism to pessimism 2: Medicine and magic 3: The myth of organic farming 4: The case for GM Crops 5: The case against GM Crops 6: The rise of eco-fundamentalism 7: The perils of precaution 8: The attack on science 9: Multinational companies and globalization 10: Reason and democracy Epilogue Index

ISBN: 9780199205622
ISBN-10: 0199205620
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th November 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.24