Monday, August 29, 2016

New to the Book Club: Creating Scientific Controversies

It’s a shame that this book is written in the style of a textbook rather than for the general public, because we all need to hear David Harker’s message. Created scientific controversies surround issues where there is broad scientific agreement but the public’s perception is that there is uncertainty and doubt. The false controversies can be very dangerous. Beliefs that tobacco has nothing to do with cancer, that vaccines cause autism, that climate change has nothing to do with human actions, and that HIV and AIDS are unrelated cause direct harm to population health, but also lower scientific literacy and undermine faith in science. The role of conflicted interests in manufacturing false controversies is infuriating but very instructive. Read more about this book and others from the CT Health Policy Project Book Club