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Book Reviews

National Center for Science Education


Science Denial is a "superb book devoted to a superb cause. . ." -- Craig A. Foster, writing for NCSE




“Science Denial is filled with relatable scenarios, research studies, and helpful advice for individuals, educators, science communicators, and policy-makers.” -- Steve Casner, NASA’s Ames Research Center


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“This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding and challenging anti-science biases in others… or even themselves.” – Briana Pobiner, National Museum of Natural History

Back Cover Blurbs:


"A surprisingly large number of people think that if Covid isn't a hoax, it must be caused by cellphone towers; it's hard to imagine a world working very well when it can't rest on basic, accurate information. This volume makes an important contribution towards beginning to understand why we've come unglued, and what we can do about it."

-- Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?


"Why won't people wear masks during a pandemic? Or buy genetically modified foods? Or vaccinate their children? Sinatra and Hofer provide answers by delving deep into the psychology of science denial. They explain the shortcuts we take when searching for scientific information, the misconceptions we hold about scientific knowledge, and the obstacles we face when changing our beliefs and attitudes about scientific topics. From their synthesis of empirical research to their consideration of real-life dilemmas, Sinatra and Hofer provide a compelling and accessible account of the public's fraught

relationship with science, as well as practical advice for improving science communication and increasing science literacy."

-- Andrew Shtulman, Professor of Psychology, Occidental College and author of Scienceblind: Why Our Intuitive Theories About the World Are So Often Wrong


"If recent events have taught us anything, it's that science denial―whether it involves the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 or the looming climate crisis―is deadly. Read this book to understand where it comes from, why it's so dangerous, and what we can do about it."

-- Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science, Penn State University, and author of The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back our Planet


"Gale Sinatra and Barbara Hofer have written an eloquent, incisive, and compelling account of the scourge of our times -- and a growing threat to our future as well. Read this and learn what you can do to defend science."

-- Lee McIntyre, Research Fellow, Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University and author of How to Talk to A Science Denier

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