Science has never been more crucial to deciding the political issues facing our country, yet it has never gotten less respect. Findings are reported in a politicized manner; spun or distorted to fit partisan objectives; or, when they're too inconvenient, ignored entirely.
On a broad array of issues—stem cell research, climate change, evolution, sex education, environmental regulation, and many others—the conservative agenda flies in the face of overwhelming scientific funamentalism.
In his New York Times best-seller The Republican War on Science, Chris Mooney brings this whole story together for the first time, weaving the disparate strands of the attack on science into a compelling and frightening account of the conservative movement's increasing unwillingness to distinguish between legitimate research and idealogically driven pseudoscience.
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No doubt the author takes a stance and points to the manipulation of knowledge, a basic construct of power politics, specifically with respect to scientific knowledge and those issues which either affect us directly or are, simply, amenable to the political football game. It is well for teachers to understand that this type of issue is critical and integral to the education process, that is, the ability to see through the voluminous barrage of information we face every day to the underlying facts. This book needs to be read with concern and without the "shock and awe" produced by upsetting ideas. Rather, it should be read as a perspective on what politics has become and where it is going and, in addition and most importantly, it should represent a clear case for life long education, definitely reading ... which takes us back, again, to the educational process. An excellent book for anyone who wants to use their peripheral vision.
We would think that this would be a more explored topic, but I guess it should not be a surprise due to the fact that it is a fatal mistake to be in the public eye and share any view other than you believe in a spaceman in the sky of some form. In a society where forgetting to put a flag pin on your lapel can be political suicide. Politicians in general believe the American public is a collection of idiots but the Republican Right takes it to a even more drastic level. As this book points out, the right has decided that it is politically advantageous to choose their political positions based upon what the religious believe. Unfortunately it makes sense, if your motivation is votes. If your motivation is saving your paralyzed 4yr old daughter and that stem cell research might make her walk again, you might then change your position and if you can dig that, you'll dig this book.
Overall, I thought that they author had obviously done his research. But I did not get a goood sense of how to fix the problems that were caused or worsened by the Bush administration.