Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America

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Shawn Lawrence Otto. Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America. New York: Rodale, 2011.

So many of the major problems that confront people today, like global warming, the loss of biodiversity, and pollution in the atmosphere, can be potentially solved through understanding and applying science and technology. The influence of science, which has helped to increase the human life span and reduced pain through drugs, is ubiquitous and central to modern daily existence. Yet, regrettably, as Shawn Otto lucidly shows in his educational and compelling book on the assault on science in America, anti-science rhetoric and positioning--from climate change denial to creationism to vaccine refusal--has become quite prevalent in the United States.

Otto argues that the assault on science comes from both the right and left, to wit, religious fundamentalists who see science as a threat to their basic notions of their place in the world and secular post-modernists who view reality in extremely subjective ways. Particular business concerns, like companies that reap profits through denuding the environment, are also factors in the attack on science, a fight that is being skillfully waged by highly paid lobbyists in the halls of Congress (a group made up of 535 individuals with only 47 having at least one math, science, or engineering degree). …

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