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Michael Specter: The danger of science denial (lecture)
This video is actually a lecture made by Michael Specter, a journalist who has written on science and technology for the Washington Post and The New York Times. He has received numerous awards, including the Science Journalism Award for his piece on AIDS and the population crisis.
Specter’s talk is also based on his book,”Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives”, where he talks about how people have come to reject scientific truths which have been supported by data and research, and instead readily believe fiction and hearsay, as these are more convenient and comfortable.
Specter stresses that this kind of thinking hinders the progress we should have achieved, if only we explore more into the data from science. He cites examples like vaccine safety and organic food as some of those that people have readily rejected.
Specter has been awarded the Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking for his work on this book. The award goes to work that demonstrates “healthy skepticism, logical analysis, or empirical science” and is given annually.
This talk is presented during TED Talk 2010.