Fool Me Twice Fighting the Assault on Science in America

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-10-11
  • Publisher: Rodale Books

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The increasing online communication among scientists and engineers around the globe is causing a phase-change in the scientific revolution, speeding up the process of scientific discovery and the convergence of knowledge across a variety of once-separate fields. Solutions to the largest problems the world facesclimate change, energy, biodiversity loss, ocean health, water supply, and bio-securityare scientific and technological, but politics is failing to keep up with them. Tremendous discoveries are being made in geo-engineering, genetics, synthetic life, and neuroscience that will impact all of us. Yet our social and political institutions are behind the times. Less than 2 percent of members of Congress have a professional background in science or the training to tell valid information from nonsense. Half the new members elected in 2010 deny climate change is happening. Shawn Lawrence Otto downloads some of the great minds of the science world and writes a behind-the scenes look at the top science questions facing the country now and in the near future. Saving Scienceexposes how the government, our politics, and the media prevent us from finding the real solutions we need to the catastrophes we may confrontand shows us how we can remedy the situation.

Author Biography

S H A W N  L A W R E N C E  O T T O  is the cofounder and CEO of Science Debate 2008, the largest political initiative in the history of science. He is also an award winning screenwriter best known for writing and coproducing the Academy Award–nominated House of Sand and Fog. He lives in Minnesota.

Table of Contents

America's Science Problem
Let's Have a Science Debatep. 3
Is Science Political?p. 22
Yesterday's Science Politics
Religion, Meet Sciencep. 37
Science, Meet Freedomp. 54
Gimme Shelterp. 73
Science, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Rollp. 92
American Antisciencep. 107
The Descent of Thoughtp. 139
Today's Science Politics
Teaching Evolution: The Values Battlep. 163
Climate Change: The Money Battlep. 186
Tomorrow's Science Politics
Freedom and the Commonsp. 245
The Solution
Talking About Science in Americap. 273
Rethinking Our Religionp. 295
On Truth and Beautyp. 305
Appendixp. 317
Notesp. 324
Bibliographyp. 346
Acknowledgmentsp. 365
Indexp. 368
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