Science Left Behind by Alex Berezow
Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left

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To listen to most pundits and political writers, evolution, stem cells, and climate change are the only scientific issues worth mentioning—and the only people who are anti-science are conservatives. Yet those on the left have numerous fallacies of their own. Aversion to clean energy programs, basic biological research, and even life-saving vaccines come naturally to many progressives. These are positions supported by little more than junk-science and paranoid thinking.

Now for the first time, science writers Dr. Alex B. Berezow and Hank Campbell have drawn open the curtain on the left’s fear of science. As Science Left Behind reveals, vague inclinations about the wholesomeness of all things natural, the unhealthiness of the unnatural, and many other seductive fallacies have led to an epidemic of misinformation. The results: public health crises, damaging and misguided policies, and worst of all, a new culture war over basic scientific facts—in which the left is just as culpable as the right.


About Alex Berezow

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Alex B. Berezow is the editor of RealClearScience. His work has appeared on CNN, and in USA Today, Forbes, and The Economist among other publications. In 2010, he earned a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Washington. Originally from southern Illinois, he currently lives in Seattle.Hank Campbell is the founder and editor of Science 2.0, the world's largest independent science communication community. Prior to that, he was a senior executive at three physics software companies. He graduated from Duquesne University and was formerly a U.S. Army officer.
Published September 12, 2012 by PublicAffairs. 320 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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RealClearScience editor Berezow and Science 2.0 founder and editor Campbell take potshots at the modern-day progressive movement, which they claim has been given a free pass to attack science and technology.

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This joint effort from microbiologist Berezow and Campbell, editor and founder of Science 2.0, begins by decrying 2007's "Progressive War on Spoons," an ostensibly eco-friendly initiative championed by Congressional democrats to "Green the Capitol," but which ended up wasting money and being incr...

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City Book Review

Science Left Behind challenges the notion that poorly informed anti-science rhetoric is solely the province of the right wing, offering numerous examples of “progressive” campaigns that cloak themselves in pro-science deference while actively harming genuine scientific progress.

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Huntington News

That old devil -- journalistic framing -- leads liberals and progressives and leftists to go astray as much as it does conservatives and creationists when it comes to evaluating science and scientific advances.

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National Review Online

When Bazelon says that Scalia was “pointing to ‘ample uncontradicted testimony …,’” she conveniently leaves out that he was referring only to “the evidence before us in this summary judgment context.” And he did not “chide his colleagues for treating the evidence for evolution as ‘conclusive’” bu...

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The Washington Spectator

So the pesky progressive activists called for an environmental impact statement (EIS) that would require the FDA to enlist independent scientists to analyze the potential ecological consequences of an escaped, fertile GE salmon into the wild salmon population, as well as the nutritional standards...

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