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Whenever the people are well informed Thomas Jefferson wrote they can be trusted with their own governmentBut 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 directionWill the media save us Don't count on it Of the 2975 uestions directed to the candidates for president in early 2008. This is an excellent book about the attitude toward science in America Both Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin strongly believed that science and knowledge are important to democracy and Timothy Ferris in his book The Science of Liberty Democracy Reason and the Laws of Nature showed how important democracy is to the development of science However and in our society science is either ignored or even assaulted on many frontsThe media do not do a good job in presenting the facts Journalists believe that their job is to present both sides of a story even when there really is but one side Any dissenter it is believed no matter how small a minority he represents must get his share of time arguing his side This is particularly true for science related issues The reason is that science is generally inductive and therefore it doesn t prove anything it just points the way toward probable explanationsShawn Otto does a good job at explaining the so called climate gate email scandal in the UK The relevant e mail is perfectly innocuous People have taken the so called data trick that actually helps to make the findings objective in light of the poor correlation since 1980 between tree ring data and temperature and made it into a subversive hiding of the truthThe book covers many of the contemporary political issues that are informed by science Global warming is a big issue discussed at length in the book He shows that when it comes to this issue the popular book by Levitt and Dubner SuperFreakonomics Global Cooling Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance is pure drivel And their purported solution for global warming injecting the stratosphere with sulfur dioxide aerosol is a disaster waiting to happenThe book would be helped if the author included some graphics at times Otto describes things in words that a diagram would have made clearer The last several chapters of the book become somewhat preachy but this may be a good thing We need voices like Otto s to show how we ignore science at our own risk

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Fool Me Twice

Just six mentioned the words global warming or climate change the greatest policy challenge facing America To put that in perspective three uestions mentioned UFOsToday 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 mainstreamFaced with the daunting challenges of an environment under siege an exploding populati. Note Received free advance reader copy from FirstReads programThis book explained so much to me about why the American political system is stuck in rhetoric and unwilling to base decisions on fact and sound judgment rather than political platform or party byline Otto outlines several factors for the degradation of respect for science including science itself due to a lack of focus on outreach and mishandling misinformation and mistakes that were published Other culprits include sloppy journalism with it s efforts to present both sides of a story rather than attempting to determine what the facts of an event actually are but then Otto also points out that the government was responsible for deregulating the news thereby shooting themselves in the foot and allowing new sources to rely on hearsay as long as the perspective was balancedWhile Otto does indicate that authoritarian Republicans ie those relying on the Authority of the Bible andor their party to make political decisions for them are a major factor in the scientific assault he also states that postmodernism is a major culprit The idea being that if everything is subjective as postmodernism indicates nothing can be objective and therefore science as the epitome of objectivity meaning we can all observe certain phenomena or facts about the way things work does not exist andor is a form of oppression inflicted by the dominant culture Otto does offer some means of correcting the problem namely by asking scientists to reengage with the world and politics and start educating the public This book is a necessary read for anyone who teaches votes and loves liberty and reason We HAVE to get away from just relying on other people to tell us how to vote and get back to being well informed citizens reliant on our own knowledge to determine what is best for America

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On 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 weatherShawn 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 mo. This is an important book for anyone who loves science As one who shudders when he hears beliefs put forth as facts and scientific theories described as unproven alternatives to eually viable answers it is comforting to read such a well reasoned and clearly written defense of the scientific process and the knowledge that it providesBut at the same time it is depressing because it is hard to argue the author s conclusion that the USA is and has been for some time on a downward slide from the top rank of countries in terms of its leadership in science education respect for scientists and its trust in reason over faith and opinion He discusses how journalists over the last several decades have dropped the ball in their responsibility to inform the public based on knowledge rather than opinion Perhaps it s a generation gap issue for me but I somehow missed the whole post modernist idea that it is only fair to give competing ideas eual weight even if one is based on hard won experimentally determined facts while the other is nothing than the opinion of an ideology Maybe that s why it seems to me that journalists today particularly the mainstream variety are afraid to really tackle sensitive but hugely important topics such as human population growth and its effectsHere s one of many great uotes If knowledge does not have primacy in public decision making then no truth can be said to be self evident and we are left with the tyranny of ideology enforced by might I found enlightening his description of why Al Gore s documentarybook An Inconvenient Truth not only failed to sway conservatives it hardened their positions The author says If you want to get people to vote against something particularly Republicans you need to get them angry about it not scared of it and if you want them to vote for something you sell them hope and freedom He adds that you need to make science the answer not the messenger and avoid using a partisan political figure as the spokespersonHis discussion of Garrett Hardin s concept the tragedy of the commons was similarly instructive We are no longer in an age where one smokestack or one high tech tuna boat won t make an impact on the common property of humankind I am appalled at the stupidity andor greed of politicians and those who voted for them who fail to understand this In a capitalistic and democratic system my freedom to do as I wish is moral and just to the degree that it does not reduce your freedom to do the same Perhaps I should not care because in one sense I have no dog in this hunt no children and yet I do care and this book only increased that feeling


10 thoughts on “Fool Me Twice

  1. says:

    #ReadingIsResistance to lies The ones about science aren't far behind the whoppers the White House issued on Day 1 about the small crowds attending the inauguration FOOL ME TWICE at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud got 4 stars when I first read it with a worried frown six years ago; now the stakes are huge please please go and educate y

  2. says:

    This is an excellent book about the attitude toward science in America Both Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin strongly believed that science and knowledge are important to democracy and Timothy Ferris in his book The Sc

  3. says:

    This review is based on an Advanced Uncorrected Manuscript copyFrom the continuing battles over the teaching of evolution in our schools to those politicians that deny the validity of the scientific evidence of global clim

  4. says:

    This may be the biggest problem facing America today Anti science crazies have hijacked a large percentage of public discourse One of the reas

  5. says:

    Note Received free advance reader copy from FirstReads programThis book explained so much to me about why the American political system is stuck in rhetoric and unwilling to base decisions on fact and sound judgment rather than political platform or party byline Otto outlines several factors for the degradation of respect for scienc

  6. says:

    The author identifies three anti science movements religious fundamentalism vested business interests and postmodern ident

  7. says:

    This is one of the best books I have read in years no joke I am a science teacher and continually shocked and frustrated by the number of students who say science is irrelevant to them Despite cool labs and structures I have in place This book chronicles the aspects of loss of respect for science including historical effects religion polit

  8. says:

    This is an important book for anyone who loves science As one who shudders when he hears beliefs put forth as facts and scientific theories described as unproven alternatives to eually viable answers it is comforting to read such a well reasoned and clearly written defense of the scientific process and the knowl

  9. says:

    Wow This book is so worth reading Told from a scientist's perspective it informs about a wealth of subjects all linked giving evidence for claims describing why we have become so anti science scientists are largely to blameand offering concrete rational solutions to the problemI urge everyone to read it whatever your political or religious leanings It makes sense How often do you get that?

  10. says:

    Fool Me Twice provides a valuable perspective on the history of science in the US in terms of how it's been perceived and used in shaping people's lives Otto makes the case that now than ever public policy depends on the rea

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