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Jun 2005
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science
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Regnery Publishing, Inc.
ISBN 0-89526-031-X
270 pp
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science
by Tom Bethell

     A collection of provocative essays challenging some of the generally accepted scientific beliefs that shape much of present-day public opinion and policymaking. Among other things, the book contends that:

-- Nuclear power is the safest and cleanest form of energy

-- The Church did not persecute Galileo for his science

-- Small doses of toxic chemicals and radiation can be not only harmless, but good for you

-- The Global Warming scare is a political agenda disguised as science, and is unsupported by the evidence

-- Intelligent Design has more evidence in its favor than Darwinism does.

     In the Introduction, Tom writes: "Scientists seem to enjoy a measure of immunity. Scrutiny is tolerated, but preferably from within their own ranks.... Outsiders will fear to enter other's fields in anything other than a deferential spirit. The priesthood of science is undisturbed, and that is the way they like it.... But science has become politicized, and if scientists won't blow the whistle on each other, who will? Journalists, I believe, need to become more involved. Not just in reporting science, but in assessing it more critically. Journalists sometimes think its downright unsafe to question the experts. Actually, it's unsafe not to."

"In this masterly book, venerable science writer Tom Bethell names and nabs all the subsidized fear-mongers and their gullible press....Fun to read and edifying for expert and citizen alike."
     -- George Gilder, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, author of Microcosm and Telecosm, and editor of the Gilder Technology Report

"[P]rovides a welcome dose of realism--in fact, several doses--to fight overblown scares, whether global warming, nuclear radiation, or cancers from minute traces of pollution."
     -- Dr. S. Fred Singer, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, president of the Science & Environmental Policy Project

"Tom Bethell airs some of the controversies that this most politically correct of institutions does not want you to know about."
     -- Dr. Jonathan Wells, author of Icons of Evolution

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