Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left
We’ve all heard about how Republicans—with their anti-evolution, anti-global warming and anti-embryonic stem cell research beliefs—are science’s worst enemy. Yet few people realize that far more dangerous and underreported attacks on science originate on the other side of the spectrum. In Science Left Behind, science writers Alex Berezow and Hank Campbell draw back the curtain on the left’s fear of science and reveal that when it comes to anti-scientific progress, the left is just as culpable as the right.
Berezow and Campbell also go beyond simply pointing the finger at progressives. They concedes that, on evolution, stem cells, and climate change, the right has gotten it wrong. But partisanship has infected a whole host of issues, besides these, and debate has become constricted by both the politicization of science and the parallel phenomenon of the “scientization” of politics. No one political party can claim the mantle of being wholly “pro-science.”
Hank Campbell is the founder and editor of Science 2.0, the world’s largest independent science communication community. Prior to that, he was a senior executive at three physics software companies. He graduated from Duquesne University and was formerly a U.S. Army officer.