Reviews: State Of Fear
You'll feel stupider for reading this
Don't read this. You know when your 13 and just starting to learn about forums and you go through that stage of really stupid arguments and logical fallacies to support your viewpoint? Or the way young people write stories where the antagonist is clearly just the person who they fell out with at school. This is that, but more cohesive, which is worse because it might have some affect on your opinion. There is no story here, Crichton used the fantastic literary device of making the protagonist have the viewpoint you disagree with but he's really stupid and constantly screws everything up and is correcting by the wise all knowing characters who do share your viewpoint and eventually concludes that you- I mean they were right all along. This book is like reading 'Oh you thought global warming was real? Poor you, don't worry it's natural to be naive' for 600 pages. I can't convey it in words but it genuinely has all less subtlety than the works of five year olds. This only loses out to the 'I'm sad that all the children are gone because now we can't have abortions' from that nurse in Left Behind There are footnotes to actual scientific papers to make it sound like Crichton knows what he's talking about. However every paper he references pretty much unanimously disagrees with him and scientists have come out saying it's complete BS. There's whole blogs devoted to how it's wrong. According to Crichton the data was there but all the scientists needed a unbiased right-wing author to show them that all their research meant the exact opposite of what the people trained and experienced in the subject said it meant. If you don't believe in global warming, this still isn't for you, to be honest there isn't much, since the majority of the science feels the evidence is pretty good, but use something better than a poorly written piece of fiction, give yourself more respect than that. I mean you can get a lot out of just how bad this is, this is probably the defining work on author tracts, but even then I can't recommend it, because you're going to feel stupider for having read it.