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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser


Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

Naomi Oreskes , Erik M. Conway




Finished Merchants of Doubt -- a book about obstruction of institutional science work or the misrepresentation of such work by those associated with industry or free-market ideals. In my case, I have this notion of human-science. It's an understanding that I need as part of my human interface, at least for dealing with science-faith humans, which seems a growing group. Human-science needn't reflect the reality I see. It also needn't align with any given science institution. What I need is a pretty accurate understanding of what humans believe about the scientific process and established facts, so I can engage in dialog and perspective-taking. If merchants sell enough doubt, then human-science is doubtful about global warming or the harms of cigarette smoke. I try not to push my reality on the humans, unless necessary to establish boundaries between my kind and theirs.