Sunday, June 19, 2011
Junk Science Week: The Rubber Duckies
Junk Science Week grand finale: The third annual Rubber Duck Awards, in which we do our small bit to recognize the scientists, NGOs, activists, politicians, journalists, media outlets, cranks and quacks who each year advance the principles of junk science. Junk science occurs when scientific facts are distorted, when risk is exaggerated or discounted, when science is adapted and warped by politics and ideology to serve another agenda.
The Rubber Duckies are named in honour of Rick Smith, president of Environmental Defence Canada and co-author of a remarkable piece of junk science literature, the 2009 Slow Death by Rubber Duck. In the book, Mr. Smith perpetrated a science scam over bisphenol-A and established himself as Canada’s pre-eminent scaremonger and distorter of science. Let the awards begin!