"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
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Heads Up... This a hard left version of the war
In all fairness..... I only listened to about 20% of this book before i stopped... (I am only writing this because there was no review that informed me as to the type of book it is)... from the few hours I did listen... I came away with the following distinct impression:
If you're in the camp that takes AGW (anthropogenic global warming ) as a given, and that anyone who does not agree is a "Climate Denier" (on par with a Holocaust denier), ... then this is your book. If you take it for granted that atheistic materialism is the only a-priori understanding for "Science", and that the big bang and evolution (pre-biotic as well as biological evolution) are a fact.....then this is the book for you.
If you think that Science has some more proving to do before it can make these giant claims --- and therefore be able to argue morally, philosophically and politically how you should understand the world..(predominately from a progressive perspective...where consensus driven Scientism properly informs your world-view) then this book will only frustrate you.
.just and an FYI.
- zachery "zoinker"