The March of Unreason: Science, Democracy, and the New Fundamentalism

Paperback | December 15, 2006

byDick Taverne

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Our daily news bulletins bring us tales of the wonder of science, from Mars rovers and intelligent robots to developments in cancer treatment, and yet often the emphasis is on the potential threats posed by science. It appears that irrationality is on the rise in western society, and publicopinion is increasingly dominated by unreflecting prejudice and unwillingness to engage with factual evidence. From genetically modified crops and food, organic farming, the MMR vaccine, environmentalism, the precautionary principle and the new anti-capitalist and anti-globalisation movements, the rejection of the evidence-based approach nurtures a culture of suspicion, distrust, and cynicism, and leads todogmatic assertion and intolerance. In this compelling and timely examination of science and society, Dick Taverne argues that science, with all the benefits it brings, is an essential part of civilised and democratic society: it offers us our most hopeful future.

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Our daily news bulletins bring us tales of the wonder of science, from Mars rovers and intelligent robots to developments in cancer treatment, and yet often the emphasis is on the potential threats posed by science. It appears that irrationality is on the rise in western society, and publicopinion is increasingly dominated by unreflect...

Dick Taverne is Baron of Pimlico and a Q.C. Having been the Labour MP for Lincoln from 1962 to 1972, he resigned to fight the famous Lincoln by-election as an independent social democrat in 1973, and won. In 1974 he wrote iThe Future of the Left, Lincoln and After/i (Jonathan Cape), which predicted the split in the Labour party tha...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.79 inPublished:December 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Prologue1. From optimism to pessimism2. Medicine and magic3. The myth of organic farming4. The case for GM Crops5. The case against GM Crops6. The rise of eco-fundamentalism7. The perils of precaution8. The attack on science9. Multinational companies and globalization10. Reason and democracyEpilogueIndex

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`In his trenchant way, Dick Taverne does his readers a service by summarizing a case for science.'TLS