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"Whenever the people are well informed," Thomas Jefferson wrote, "they can be trusted with their own government."
But what happens in a world dominated by complex science? Are the people still well-enough informed to be trusted with their own government? And with less than 2 percent of Congress with any professional background in science, how can our government be trusted to lead us in the right direction?
Will the media save us? Don't count on it. In early 2008, of the 2,975 questions asked the candidates for president just six mentioned the words "global warming" or "climate change," the greatest policy challenge facing America. To put that in perspective, three questions mentioned UFOs.
Today the world's major unsolved challenges all revolve around science. By the 2012 election cycle, at a time when science is influencing every aspect of modern life, antiscience views from climate-change denial to creationism to vaccine refusal have become mainstream.
Faced with the daunting challenges of an environment under siege, an exploding population, a falling economy and an education system slipping behind, our elected leaders are hard at work ... passing resolutions that say climate change is not real and astrology can control the weather.
Shawn Lawrence Otto has written a behind-the-scenes look at how the government, our politics, and the media prevent us from finding the real solutions we need. Fool Me Twice is the clever, outraged, and frightening account of America's relationship with sciencea relationship that is on the rocks at the very time we need it most.
|Publisher:||Rodale Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Right now, ideology and party politics are driving public discourse and policy making in the U.S. This title shows the whys and who's doing it, and for what reasons. Brings to mind the top-notch book "Censoring Science," which explores, in depth, how the W. Bush administration attacked and stifled the climate change work of Dr. James Hansen of NASA.
This is an excellent history and summary of why our current Congress makes no progress on formulating policy regarding climate change, stem cell research, birth control, energy resources, science education, evolution etc. - all the important scientific issues facing our country (and the world) for which Congress is stuck in a morass of it's own making. The book encourages citizen involvement (if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.) This book should be mandatory reading for every Senator and Representative.