"Wherever the people are well informed," Thomas Jefferson wrote, "they can be trusted with their own government." But what happens when they are not? In every issue of modern society - from climate change to vaccinations, transportation to technology, health care to defense - we are in the midst of an unprecedented expansion of scientific progress and a simultaneous expansion of danger. At the very time we need them most, scientists and the idea of objective knowledge are being bombarded by a vast, well-funded, three-part war on science: the identity politics war on science, the ideological war on science, and the industrial war on science.
The result is an unprecedented erosion of thought in Western democracies as voters, policymakers, and justices actively ignore the evidence from science, leaving major policy decisions to be based more on the demands of the most strident voices.
Shawn Lawrence Otto's provocative new book investigates the historical, social, philosophical, political, and emotional reasons for why and how evidence-based politics are in decline and authoritarian politics are once again on the rise, and offers a vision, an argument, and some compelling solutions to bring us to our collective senses, before it's too late.
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couldn’t be timelier
- AudioBook Reviewer
Too many words, not enough substance
His style of breathless excitement punctuated with pregnant pauses conjures up a vision of a revival preacher- exactly not the tone needed. Way too many "air quotes" phrasing.
while I already agree with most of the aim of the book, Otto ironically drops the ball on several issues of fact. e.g. I went back to listen again to Ike's farewell speech- he did indeed warn of the Military Industrial Complex, but that had NO spill-over to the Science establishment. Also- I am part of the Baby Boomers who hid under desks & heard the bomb survival instructions. I am not, as are my classmates, horribly scared into an anti-science trance. Did not happen.
Worst, he several times mentions the Toxic Chemicals things in the environment (Pesticides!! Run!!) with no mention of any science about the actual toxicity or effect on human disease. The Skeptical Community spends a lot of time debunking those kind of rants and try to demonstrate perspective. Otto fails badly.