, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 35-40

Alarmism is an infectious disease

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David Murray is director of research at the Statistical Assessment Service. He has taught cultural anthropology at Brown University and Brandeis University. He has published inThe Sciences; First Things; The Public Perspective; and numerous scholarly journal of anthropology.
Joel Schwartz is a research fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. He has taught political philosophy and public policy at the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia. His publications have appeared inAmerican Political Science Review; Political Theory; andThe Public Interest.
Murray and Schwartz have previously collaborated on an essay in the Fall 1996 issue ofThe Public Interest; they are writing a study of media reporting of research in the social and natural sciences.