The War on Science: Who’s Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It

The War on Science: Who's Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It Author Shawn Lawrence Otto
ISBN-10 1571313532
ISBN-13 9781571313539
Year 2016-05-17
Pages 514
Language English
Publisher Milkweed Editions
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Winner of the MN Book Award for Nonfiction 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 everyissue of modern society from climatechange to vaccinations transportation to technology health care to defense weare in the midst of an unprecedentedexpansion of scientific progress and asimultaneous expansion of danger At the very time we need them most scientistsand the idea of objective knowledge arebeing bombarded by a vast well funded three part war on science the identity politics war on science theideological war on science and the industrial war onscience The result is anunprecedented erosion of thought in Western democracies as voters policymakers and justices actively ignore the evidence from science leaving major policydecisions 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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