Patt Morrison for February 12, 2010

Fear of science

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Michael Specter

Michael Specter is troubled. He’s concerned about what he sees as a growing rejection of science. He believes that the fear of science has hit such an apex that parents are refusing to vaccinate their children due to an unfounded connection to autism, that people are shunning genetically modified foods that have potential of helping the world fight hunger. He sees crucial funds being re-directed to herbal and holistic supplements, when they could be directed in other scientific based avenues. Has the media created fear without any scientific basis? Have we started fearing scientific advances, instead of embracing them? Patt talks to Michael Specter about his growing fear.

Guests:

Michael Specter, a staff writer for the New Yorker and author of Denialism


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