The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome journalist Dave Levitan to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, NOT A SCIENTIST: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science.
You can be sure of one thing in politics: politicians always have scientific facts on hand—sometimes with their fingers crossed. No matter the complexities of climate change, infectious diseases, pollution, or vaccines—it’s easy to justify almost any position with the help of infallible scientific experts. The recent election season was no exception: every candidate claimed deep expertise on specialized subjects from fisheries to fracking.
Trouble is, as journalist Dave Levitan demonstrates in his book NOT A SCIENTIST: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science there are many ways to misread the data—and our friends in Washington turn out to be very creative readers indeed. It was Ronald Reagan, the Great Communicator himself, who made famous the disingenuous humblebrag “I’m not a scientist, but…” And thus, a rhetorical monster was born.