[PDF] Fool Me Twice By Shawn Lawrence Otto


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Fool Me Twice

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 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 climate change and to the celebrities that continue to publicly support the idea that vaccines are linked to autism in spite of the lack of supporting evidence it seems that science is under attack from all sides Science it is argued is no longer the solution but part of the problem Science is expensive and we need to cut research funding to pay for other higher priorities Anyone who pays any attention to the media has seen at least some of these messagesThis book provides some insights into the relationship of science and American freedom and democracy traces the history of various anti science forces and discusses why the responses of the scientific community have been inadeuate to reverse the anti science trend While it starts out with an overly combative tone in the first section to the point that I almost put the book down in disgust it uickly corrects itself and the following sections provide a clear analysis of how the enlightenment and science formed the basis for the American experiment in democracy from the very beginning and traces the history of the battles between science and a range of anti science forces in American historyAfter establishing how we arrived at the current situation where those that don t like the conclusions presented by scientific evidence feel free to simply ignore the evidence the author then explores the reasons why the attempts to counter these reactions have thus far proven ineffective The exploration of the psychological mechanisms of belief and authority help shed light on why the doomsday warnings about ignoring climate change only seem to make those that refuse to believe in climate change resistant to the evidence This same section provides specific suggestions that might provide effective ways to address the concerns of these people allowing for a rational debate and increasing the likelihood that a meaningful agreement might be reachedThis is an important book for anyone who is concerned by the anti science climate that pervades the American culture today It sheds light on how we got here and provides new insights into ways that we can try re establish science as the basis for increasing American freedom and for providing a solid foundation for the future

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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 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 politics psychology rhetoric etc It is full of interesting ideas and anecdotes and some suggestions for how to address and not address the problem I would recommend this book for anyone interested in science and also open minded folks who don t get science While the viewpoint is clear the author does not shove ideas in your face and expect you to believe them Phenomenal book that I will likely read again very soon Matthews Choice 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 politics psychology rhetoric etc It is full of interesting ideas and anecdotes and some suggestions for how to address and not address the problem I would recommend this book for anyone interested in science and also open minded folks who don t get science While the viewpoint is clear the author does not shove ideas in The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, your face and expect Hers to Protect you to believe them Phenomenal book that I will likely read again very soon

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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


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 w

  2. says:

    This is an excellent book about the attitude toward science in America Both Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin strongly

  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 climate change and to the celebrities that continue to publicly support the idea that vaccines are linked to autism in spite of the lack of supporting evidence it seems that science is under attack from

  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 reasons I'm in education

  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

  6. says:

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

  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

  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 knowledge that it provid

  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

  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 reality based understanding of the world that it is science's main job to provide yet for several rea

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