Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future (Hardcover)

By Donald R. Prothero, Pat Linse (Illustrator), Michael Shermer (Foreword by)
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The battles over evolution, climate change, childhood vaccinations, and the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science in our country all are reaching a fevered pitch. Many people and institutions have exerted enormous efforts to misrepresent or flatly deny demonstrable scientific reality to protect their nonscientific ideology, their power, or their bottom line. To shed light on this darkness, Donald R. Prothero explains the scientific process and why society has come to rely on science not only to provide a better life but also to reach verifiable truths no other method can obtain. He describes how major scientific ideas that are accepted by the entire scientifi88c community (evolution, anthropogenic global warming, vaccination, the HIV cause of AIDS, and others) have been attacked with totally unscientific arguments and methods. Prothero argues that science deniers pose a serious threat to society, as their attempts to subvert the truth have resulted in widespread scientific ignorance, increased risk of global catastrophes, and deaths due to the spread of diseases that could have been prevented.

About the Author

Chair and Professor of Geology, Occidental College and Lecturer in Geobiology, California Institute of Technology.

Michael Shermer is the author of "The Moral Arc, Why People Believe Weird Things", "The Believing Brain", and eight other books on the evolution of human beliefs and behavior. He is the founding publisher of "Skeptic" magazine, the editor of, a monthly columnist for "Scientific American", and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He lives in Southern California.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780253010292
ISBN-10: 0253010292
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: August 2013
Pages: 369
Language: English