27 Sep '12, 11am

How Rachel Carson Spurred Chemical Concerns by Highlighting Uncertainty

This is an illuminating and important study of “Silent Spring” and how Rachel Carson understood and deployed scientific uncertainty in making her arguments in the book…which turns 50 on this very day. And the conclusions reached by these authors make sense in light of Carson’s approach. A relentless reviser, Carson also depended in all of her books on a vast network of experts, scientists, scholars, and physicians who reviewed and commented on her work in progress. Carson listened to these reviewers. This was particularly true in the section of “Silent Spring” dealing with cancer, which Carson re-wrote several times, in the process moderated her claims of a link between pesticides and the disease in part on the advice of her own oncologist (Carson was being treated for the breast cancer that eventually ended her life at 56). I also think the authors of this study offer wis...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/how-rachel-c...

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