Roberto Burioni
La congiura dei somari. Perché la scienza non può essere democratica (The Conspiracy of Dunces. Why Science Can’t Be Democratic)
Rizzoli, October 2017, 220 pages

“An easy, clear, exciting and very useful reading that helps us understand the reasons behind the need for a scientific approach based on many aspects of our life.” Corriere della Sera

“In spring 2016, Burioni sat down, fired up his laptop and began debunking anti-vaccination conspiracy theories on his public Facebook page.” Time

Science is not democratic, only those who sweat over books and have access to a rigorous method for distinguishing truths from lies can give their opinions. Not the “dunces” who, not having the slightest notion of medicine or biology, claim that “ten vaccines are too many,” “diseases heal by themselves,” “vaccinations only enrich the pharmaceutical industry.” Roberto Burioni has met many of them and fought them. He fights them in this book too, because of course the truths that science offers us are always partial and in progress, but the alternative is darkness, obscurantism and, when toying with health, even death.

 

 

Roberto Burioni

Roberto Burioni, born in Pesaro, is a medical doctor: after a Ph.D in Microbiological Sciences, he specialized in Clinical Immunology. Since 2004 he is Professor of Microbiology and Virology at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, where he is in charge of an immunological research laboratory. He is the author of numerous scientific works published by the most respected international journals and he is regularly invited to present the results of his research to the most important medical-scientific congresses around the world. In 2018, with some colleagues, he created Medical Facts, a web portal that posts news and comments on a variety of health issues. He published Il vaccino non è un’opinione. Le vaccinazioni spiegate a chi proprio non le vuole capire (2016), La congiura dei somari. Perché la scienza non può essere democratica (2017), Balle mortali (2018), Omeopatia. Bugie, leggende e verità (2019) and Virus. La grande sfida (2020).

 

 

 

“An easy, clear, exciting and very useful reading that helps us understand the reasons behind the need for a scientific approach based on many aspects of our life.” Corriere della Sera

“Precise as a scientific essay and enjoyable as a novel. To be read in schools.” Io Donna

“A very beautiful book that reestablishes, step by step, example after example, a principle of authoritativeness.” La Stampa

“In spring 2016, Burioni sat down, fired up his laptop and began debunking anti-vaccination conspiracy theories on his public Facebook page.” Time

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