Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives Why have so many Americans, who more than any other people have been defined by progress and scientific achievement, begun to mistrust the scientific process itself? How did vaccines, the world’s most effective health measure, become a subject of bitter debate and denial?. Why do Americans spend billions of dollars each year on dietary supplements, despite growing stacks of evidence that they are either useless or dangerous? Why, despite thousands of years of agricultural success, do we insist that genetically modified food is somehow different and more dangerous than “conventional” crops? And why, in the era of genomic medicine, do we so often on ignore genetic realities – preferring to cling to the myth that we are all alike? This event took place on November 19, 2009

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