New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter has twice won the Global Health Council's Excellence in Media Award, as well as the Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In Denialism, he fervently argues that people are turning away from new technologies and engaging in a kind of magical thinking that is hindering scientific progress.
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by Steven James
by Michael McElroy
"Specter brings together research and anecdotes on why Americans often question the institutions of science and medicine, often favoring information that he views as ideological. Richard Poe narrates the author's case for rationalism with emotion appropriate to the material. With carefully enunciated words, he delivers Specter's exploration of the health benefits of alternative medicines, vitamins, vaccines, and even green earth movements. In a gravelly voice, Poe points out how people sometimes fear medicine and distrust doctors while at other times they put their faith in them. Enhanced by Poe's authoritative delivery, DENIALISM will encourage listeners to use rationality as they question the government, medical industries, television commercials, and other publicly distributed information. M.B.K. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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