Denying to the Grave

Denying to the Grave

Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us

Book - 2017
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Why do some parents refuse to vaccinate their children? Why do some keep guns at home, despite scientific evidence of risk to their family members? And why do people use antibiotics for illnesses they can't possibly alleviate? When it comes to health, many people insist that science is wrong,that the evidence is incomplete or inconclusive, and that unidentified hazards lurk everywhere to harm us.In Denying to the Grave, authors Sara and Jack Gorman explore the psychology of health science denial. Using several examples of such denial as test cases, they propose six key principles that may lead individuals to reject "accepted" health-related wisdom: the charismatic leader; fear ofcomplexity; confirmation bias and the internet; fear of corporate and government conspiracies; filling the ignorance gap; and the nature of risk prediction. The authors argue that the health sciences are especially vulnerable to our innate resistance to integrate new concepts with pre-existingbeliefs. This psychological difficulty of incorporating new information is on the cutting edge of neuroscience research; scientists have identified brain responses to new information.Denying to the Grave explores risk theory and how people make decisions about what is best for them and their loved ones, in an effort to better understand how people think when faced with significant health decisions. This book points the way to a new and important understanding of how scienceshould be conveyed to the public in order to save lives with existing knowledge and technology.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Oxford University Press,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780199396603
Characteristics: x, 312 pages :,illustrations
Additional Contributors: Gorman, Jack M.


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Nov 01, 2017

This book often refers to the work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky I would recommend going to the source and reading Thinking Fast and Slow. That being said the authors tailor the research of the above and others specifically to denials of the efficacy and/or cause of various diseases and treatments. The book is interesting enough and the authors try to highlight how easy it is for people to fall into the trap of emotional thinking. The authors detail the messiness in the Scientific Method and proscribe some pedagogical ideas on teaching that part of Science. This book is mostly written for other scientists, journalists, educators and medical personnel but is worth reading if you are interested.

Oct 03, 2017

Too long, repetitive, reading turned to drudgery by the end. Strictly psychological explanations. It would have been far more entertaining if the authors had tackled the big issues they mention in passing, autism, gun safety, nuclear reactors, etc.

May 27, 2017

Fascinating work on how and why our brains deceive us into resisting scientific proofs and some strategies to combat those failings.


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May 27, 2017

"Guiding Principle 5: People respond more to emotion than statistics, but charismatic leaders use emotion and scientists use statistics."

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