Junk Science and the New American Myths

de Toledano, Ralph
August 2002
Insight on the News;8/5/2002, Vol. 18 Issue 28, p48
Presents examples of junk science and other myths propagated in the U.S. society. Myth on global warming; Implications of making DDT illegal; Number of deaths attributed to obesity-related sickness; Role of selective logging in forest fires.


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