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| Style over substance|
|—Original cover of the science PIG|
His ultimate anti-science manifesto is the Politically Incorrect Guide to Science (PIGS), a book-length exudation promoting intelligent design, AIDS denial, stem cell myths, anti-environmentalism (mostly concentrating on global warming denial, the classic DDT and Rachel Carson canards, the crank version of radiation hormesis, and claiming that endangered species aren't really endangered), and cancer quackery. The book is exceptional in that one could easily use the thing as a whole as well as each individual chapter to play some form of crank bingo or a skeptical drinking game (if you really hate your liver). Many classic rhetorical gambits make an appearance: Science was wrong before, the Galileo gambit, the Evil Liberal Science Conspiracy, "suppression" of
crankery "innovative" and "politically incorrect" ideas, science as a secular religion, the Gish Gallop, etc. The unifying theme is Bethell's conspiratorial perspective in which the scientific establishment is constantly sidelining "politically incorrect" dissent in order for scientists to prop up liberal ideology and make off with mountains of grant money.
Each topic covered also includes all the relevant greatest hits. On evolution, for example, all the old chestnuts are there: No transitional fossils, irreducible complexity, microevolution not macroevolution, Karl Popper's declaration of the theory as unfalsifiable, etc. If ye shall know them by their citations, it's predictable fare; Bethell's "qualified experts" include the usual suspects at the Discovery Institute (Dembski, Behe, and Wells), Peter Duesberg, S. Fred Singer, Steve McIntyre, Michael Crichton, Roy Spencer, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Petr Beckmann. *catches breath*
- Crank magnetism
- List of quotes appealing to authority used by creationists
- Creationist Argument Bingo
- Global Warming Denial Bingo
- His bullshit
- Some more of his bullshit at American Spectator
- Bethell's articles at the Hoover Institution
- Interview with Bethell at LRC
- The Republican War on Science: Tierney and Bethell, Crooked Timber
- Tom Bethell Cries, PZ Myers
- Relativistic crap from an IDist, Good Math, Bad Math
- The Theory of Relativity: Is It Time to "Teach the Controversy" in America's High Schools?, Brad DeLong
- Tom Bethell and the Romance of Scientific Heresy, by John W. Farrell
- Evolutionblog: Fisking Bethell, The Tautology Objection, More Bethell Bashing, On Cranks and Playbooks, More Nuggets from Town Hall
- Tara Smith debunks the AIDS chapter in the science PIG
- Chris Mooney has extensively detailed Bethell's nonsense:
- Review of the science PIG in Skeptical Inquirer
- Mooney and Bethell debate on NPR
- Intersection: The Blessing of Amazon.com Reviews, Libertarians v. Bethell?, Bethell Backing Down on Relativity?, Choice Quotes on Global Warming, Choice Quotes on Evolution, Choice Quotes on Science Policy, Bethell Questions Einstein, Not Kidding, Conservative Dustup Over Relativity Denialism, Don't Forget Shakespeare Denialism