Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America

Shawn Lawrence Otto. Rodale, $24.99 (380p) ISBN 978-1-60529-217-5
In this incredible book, Otto explores the devaluation of science in America. His exhaustively researched text explains the three-pronged attack on science: how right-wing Christian fervor discredits evolution; how post-modernism and cultural sensitivity makes people believe that objective truth doesn't exist; and how corporations discredit scientists in order to further economic agendas. Otto also shows how Christian beliefs aren't traditionally anti-science, and how America went from a nation that valued scientific achievement to one suspicious of it. By attacking science, America diminishes its capacity to compete in the global marketplace, and endangers the world for future generations. The accessible book will inform scientists about what has happened to their field, provide an overview for laypeople, and allow educators to equip themselves to address these issues for the next generation and reverse this troubling trend. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/19/2011
Release date: 10/01/2011
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