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Fool Me Twice

Fighting the Assault On Science In America

Shawn Lawrence Otto

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*WINNER of the 2012 Minnesota Book Award for nonfiction*

"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 science—a relationship that is on the rocks at the very time we need it most.

Publishers Weekly Review

Sep 19, 2011 – 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.

Customer Reviews

Essential reading

America is going backwards by failing to read or understand science. This book describes the problem and suggests approaches to solving it. The future depends on the message being understood and acted on. Or America will lose out. Those who strive to subdue science and technology are not acting in anyone's long term interest - this book makes this clear. Let us all heed its message and bring science to the fore and regain the future. Well written, understandable to everyone. Recommended highly.

Fool Me Twice
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Education
  • Published: Oct 11, 2011
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • Seller: Rodale Inc.
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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