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Main Title The march of unreason : science, democracy, and the new fundamentalism /
Author Taverne, Dick.
Publisher Oxford University Press,
Year Published 2005
Stock Number 0192804855
OCLC Number 57193289
ISBN 0192804855; 9780192804853
Subjects Science--Social aspects ; Democracy and science ; Demokratie ; Fundamentalismus ; Naturwissenschaften
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EKAM  Q172.5.P82T2 2005 Region 4 Library/Atlanta,GA 06/11/2021
Collation 310 pages ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 284-305) and index.
Contents Notes
From optimism to pessimism -- Medicine and magic -- The myth of organic farming -- The case for GM crops -- The case against GM crops -- The rise of eco-fundamentalism -- The perils of precaution -- The attack on science -- Multinational companies and globalization -- Reason and democracy. 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.