Foreword James Panton 1 The century of science and culture of pessimism by Dirk Maxeiner and Michael Miersch 2 The Problemn of the precautionary principle: the paternalism of the precautionary coalition by Jaap C. Hanekamp and Wybren Verstegen 3 The rise of the ethics committee by Stuart WG Derbyshire 4 Anti-vivisection and the culture of misanthropy by James Panton 5 A Disaster waiting to happen - why are we so anti nuclear? by Joe Kaplinsky 6 The problem of stem cell research regulation - limiting the individual right to self determination by Thilo Spahl and Thomas Deichmann 7 Genetically modified crops and the perils of rejecting innovation by Matt Ridley 8 Climate Change - scepticism and science as drivers of progress by Oliver Marc Hartwich
James Panton lecturer in politics at St John's College, Oxford Oliver Marc Hartwich is research director at The Policy Exchange
"This is a brilliant expose of the misanthropy, irrationality and innumeracy that characterises much of the current debate on issues such as GM crops, vivisection, the regulation of science and the appropriate response to global warming." Raymond Tallis.