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Science Denial Books
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Sioux Falls Scientists recommends the following books that refute the arguments of those who deny the findings of science. Unbelievably science is attacked by people who obviously benefit from the findings of science. All the improvements in healthcare and in technology that have saved people's lives and have improved people's lives, ultimately have come from science. It's almost like people would rather die of a horrible sickness, rather go back to plowing fields with horses and wooden plows, rather starve during bad harvests, than admit that the power of science has given them a much better life than their forefathers ever dreamed of.

Sioux Falls Scientists really likes the book How To Fake A Moon Landing. This book is an easy to understand graphic novel. Any young person who can read at an 8th grade level can read and enjoy this book, and take away from the experience a better understanding of what is good science and what is not. Sioux Falls Scientists cannot recommend this book strongly enough.

The books are all available from Amazon.com but you are free to obtain them from many other sources. Amazon offers them on their website along with many alternate sources, often less expensive. You are free to choose whatever source you please. The book's links on the following pages point to the book location at Amazon.

A magazine article, 2 science denial books, and 3 documentaries are described on the following 6 pages, also includes 2 recent news articles:

  • A-1-26-16 Maths study shows conspiracies 'prone to unravelling'
    Maths study shows conspiracies 'prone to unravelling'
    It's difficult to keep a conspiracy under wraps, scientists say, because sooner or later, one of the conspirators will blow its cover. A study has examined how long alleged conspiracies could "survive" before being revealed - deliberately or unwittingly - to the public at large. Dr David Grimes, from Oxford University, devised an equation to express this, and then applied it to four famous collusions. The belief that the Moon landing was faked, the belief that climate change is a fraud, the belief that vaccines cause autism, and the belief that pharmaceutical companies have suppressed a cure for cancer.
  • A-3-5-15 Science 'squeezed out of primary schools'
    Science 'squeezed out of primary schools'
    Science is being squeezed out of English primary schools, with a third not providing the recommended two hours of teaching a week, research suggests. The Confederation of British Industry study also suggests science has become less of a priority in many schools.
  • A-The Age of Disbelief: Magazine Article: The War on Science
  • B-How To Fake A Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial
  • B-The Republican War on Science: Science Has Never Been More Crucial Than It Is Today
  • D-Influenza 1918: The Worst Epidemic in American History
  • D-The Polio Crusade: Polio was stopped with a vaccine!
  • D-Vaccines - Calling The Shots: Vaccines have saved millions!

1-18-18 How to deal with science deniers
How do you persuade climate deniers to believe in science? For the past several decades, as increasingly unhinged conspiracy theories have become inalterable Republican Party dogma, political scientists and activists have fretted about how to change their minds, and make the GOP like every other conservative party in the developed world. Various strategies in studies have not worked well at all. But there is a different, appealingly simple solution to vaccine or climate denialism and other crank beliefs that create public policy emergencies: Just steamroll them with state power. California provides an example of this, both in motivation and in execution. Only a couple years ago, it was a festering hotbed of vaccine-preventable diseases, because it had relatively lenient rules for avoiding vaccination for children and a bad case of vaccine denial, especially in certain communities. The result, as one might have predicted, was several outbreaks of measles — including a notorious one in Disneyland that gained national attention. In response, California dramatically tightened up its vaccine rules. The major lever for enforcing vaccination is school attendance, and the state government ended all non-medical personal exemptions for children to attend public school. (Some people are allergic to vaccines — but that only increases the importance of everyone else getting their shots, so that people who can't be vaccinated can still be protected by herd immunity, which takes effect at around 95 percent vaccination.) As of mid-2015, every child without a doctor's note had to have their shots or be forbidden from attending school. As The New York Times reports, the result was a tremendous increase in the vaccination rate.

Science Denial Books
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