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Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Science That Will Save Us, Revised and Updated Edition

Sara E. Gorman and Jack M. Gorman


This book explores the many reasons why people refuse to acknowledge scientific evidence when making health decisions, looking at key drivers of science denial. It examines the psychology and neurobiology of poor health decisions and irrational health beliefs, arguing that in many cases the psychological impulses under discussion are adaptive but are often applied in a maladaptive way. The book also argues that without proper knowledge of the psychological and biological underpinnings of irrational health decisions and beliefs, we as a society cannot design any strategy that will alleviate the ... More

Keywords: scientific evidence, health decisions, science denial, health beliefs, health decision-making

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197547458
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197547458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara E. Gorman, author
Director of High School Programming, The Jed Foundation (JED)

Jack M. Gorman, author
CEO and Chief Scientific Officer, Franklin Behavioral Health Consultants