Not a Scientist

by Levitan, Dave (Author)

ISBN: 9780393353327

An eye-opening tour of the political tricks that subvert scientific progress. In 1980, Ronald Reagan created one of the dumbest talking points of all time: “I’m not a scientist, but . . .” Since then, politicians have repeatedly committed egregious transgressions against scientific knowledge prefaced by this seemingly innocuous phrase. Yet, as science journalist Dave Levitan reveals, that line is just the tip of the melting iceberg when it comes to rhetorical tools wielded to attack scientific findings that don’t cooperate with political agendas. Just listen to Mike Huckabee dismiss climate change as “a sunburn,” Donald Trump suggest that vaccines cause autism, or Todd Akin’s infamous invention of “legitimate rape.”

Format: Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, April 2017

Product Dimensions: 8.3 L × 5.6 W × 0.7 H

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