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An Illustrated History of Science Denial

A look at some of the most notable instances of science denial.

Published June 06, 2018

An Illustrated History of Science Denial

In an age where instant communication can immediately spread misinformation, the consequences of scientific denialism are more serious than ever. Still, it’s important to maintain perspective and remember that scientific denialism is not a new phenomenon. For as long as scientists have challenged our understanding of the world, there have been science denialists who oppose new consensus. Below is a brief illustrated history of some of the most notable instances of science denial.

If you would like to learn more about the origins of science denial, and how to make the best case for science, you can attend the panel discussion, “Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health” on Thursday, June 28 from 7pm – 8:30pm at the Academy’s headquarters. The panel will be moderated by Ira Flatow of Science Friday, and is jointly presented by the Rutgers Global Health Institute and the New York Academy of Sciences. Not from NYC? Join the event remotely via Livestream.