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As climate negotiators continue talks in Copenhagen this week and lawmakers on Capitol Hill debate the future of health care in the US, one of the questions looming large is: will science play a leading role?
Author Michael Specter cautions that a growing mistrust of science, especially in the United States, threatens to imperil future progress, and lead to further damage to the planet and loss of human life. Coming up, we'll talk with Specter about his new book Denialism and we'll explore the phenomenon that he identifies as "irrational thinking." He points to skepticism surrounding vaccines, conventionally grown foods, and nuclear powerplants as examples of dangerous denial.
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