Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us

Hardcover | August 9, 2016

bySara E. Gorman, Jack M. Gorman

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Why do some parents refuse to vaccinate their children? Why do some keep guns at home, despite scientific evidence of risk to their family members? And why do people use antibiotics for illnesses they can't possibly alleviate? When it comes to health, many people insist that science is wrong,that the evidence is incomplete or inconclusive, and that unidentified hazards lurk everywhere to harm us.In Denying to the Grave, authors Sara and Jack Gorman explore the psychology of health science denial. Using several examples of such denial as test cases, they propose six key principles that may lead individuals to reject "accepted" health-related wisdom: the charismatic leader; fear ofcomplexity; confirmation bias and the internet; fear of corporate and government conspiracies; filling the ignorance gap; and the nature of risk prediction. The authors argue that the health sciences are especially vulnerable to our innate resistance to integrate new concepts with pre-existingbeliefs. This psychological difficulty of incorporating new information is on the cutting edge of neuroscience research; scientists have identified brain responses to new information.Denying to the Grave explores risk theory and how people make decisions about what is best for them and their loved ones, in an effort to better understand how people think when faced with significant health decisions. This book points the way to a new and important understanding of how scienceshould be conveyed to the public in order to save lives with existing knowledge and technology.

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Why do some parents refuse to vaccinate their children? Why do some keep guns at home, despite scientific evidence of risk to their family members? And why do people use antibiotics for illnesses they can't possibly alleviate? When it comes to health, many people insist that science is wrong,that the evidence is incomplete or inconclus...

Sara Gorman, PhD, MPH, is a public health specialist at a large multinational healthcare company, where she works on global mental health, increasing the quality of evidence in the global health field, and alternative funding models for global health. She has written extensively about global health, HIV/AIDS policy, and women's health,...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 9, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199396604

ISBN - 13:9780199396603

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