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In defence of science and progress


In this TED talk video clip, Michael Specter, a New Yorker journalist who writes about health and science, passionately argues against those who adopt anti-scientific stances: those who, despite the evidence, reject vaccines, consider GM foods "Frankenfoods", believe there is a link between MMR and autism, embrace alternative health, and so on.

Specter argues that this is a fear-driven response that has negative consequences for progress. He published a book last year called Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives. I've not read it, but I will now.

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