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The Sciences

Getting Back to Unscientific America

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneySeptember 11, 2009 5:10 PM

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I've been kinda busy, what with the wedding and honeymoon and moving and all, and so have not been able to respond as I'd like to some folks, such as Sam Harris, who have criticized the book. As I settle here in Cambridge, I hope that will change. As we will be continuing to do media and talks about the book--I'm doing one next Wednesday right here in my new town, at Porter Square Books--there should be plenty of time for all this. Meanwhile, my sense is this: Some people hate Unscientific America with a passion. Others really, really like it. The reviews show as much; we have some extremely negative ones, but also some extremely positive ones, and then everything in between. What other book gets reactions like this, that so completely and evenly run the gamut? I'm sure that there are some, but I don't know them off hand. PZ Myers is now asking, "Is this book dead yet?"; as noted before, he apparently doesn't even want you to read this work that criticizes him. But the reviews themselves suggest a fascinating array of reactions, far more diverse than the now predictable New Atheist dismissal. Going forward--and, I hope, starting next week--we'll continue to provided some replies to critics, as well as making our case in talks and media. There will be a lot more to say, and as Sheril finishes her manuscript, and I learn the ropes here in Cambridge, we look forward to saying it.

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