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The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin
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Jan 19, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: science, history, nonfiction, favorites
Recommended for: Anyone with an interest in science.
Read from January 14 to 19, 2011 — I own a copy

The biggest lesson I took away from this was "Never underestimate the power of human stupidity." It's astonishing, how many people are so thoroughly unscientific in their thinking, and how that can lead to tragedy. Yes, it's important to question the "conventional wisdom", but sometimes "conventional wisdom" is conventional for a reason.

Besides being well-informed, this book is well-written, with a great deal of explication for people who don't necessarily have a background in science. I highly recommend this fascinating book on a very important topic.
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