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Fool Me Twice | Excerpt
Houston, we have a problem
“Whenever the people are well informed,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, “they can be trusted with their own government.” This sentiment lies at the heart of the American-style democracy that has for more than two centuries inspired the world. Much like the “invisible hand” that guides Adam Smith’s economic marketplace, so too does the invisible hand of the people’s will guide the affairs of men and women through the democratic process.
But today the invisible hand seems confused and indecisive. Congress seems paralyzed...
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Keynote focused on science and politics in America | October 18, 2011
Shawn's keynote (video) at the publication party for Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America. At the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. 160 people attended.
Introduction by Minnpost columnist and former CBS/WCCO-TV news anchor Don Shelby.
HuffPost LIVE | Mar 18, 2013
At CPAC Marco Rubio said it's an "absolute fact" that life begins at conception, but that climate change is not a certainty. Will scientists ultimately doom the GOP?
The Thomas Jefferson Hour Podcast | Nov 25, 2012
Noted Jefferson Scholar Clay Jenkinson spends the hour discussing Shawn's article in Scientific American, "Antiscience beliefs jeopardize US Democracy," from Thomas Jefferson's perspective (mp3 file; takes a moment to load)
Moderated by Shawn Lawrence Otto & Chris Mooney | Nov 01, 2012
First-ever Presidential surrogates general election science debate, Capitol Hill.
Alan Boyle & Shawn Lawrence Otto | Blog Talk Radio | Oct 31, 2012
How do the US presidential candidates view science and technology issues? MSNBC's Alan Boyle talks with ScienceDebate.org's Shawn Lawrence Otto about science politics.
The Organizers | World Conference of Science Journalists | May 06, 2013
Science is beginning to outpace our global policymaking apparatus so rapidly that the situation is posing serious challenges to democracy.
Glenn Karwoski | Twin Cities Business | Apr 18, 2013
Local screenwriter Shawn Otto, who wrote House of Sand and Fog, has another treatment in development about wild rice. Perfect for Minnesota, right? You would think so. Slam dunk.
Lily Kane | Winonan | Apr 11, 2013
It’s the media’s job to be a check and balance on the government and hold them accountable for what they do. But if the media isn’t doing that and people are getting bad information, how are they supposed to govern?
Austin Cline | About.com | Feb 28, 2013
Denying science and reality should, in principle, be non-partisan. No general political orientation should be more or less predisposed to it.
Kirsten Ellenbogen | Curator: The Museum Journal | Jan 07, 2013
Unlike a typical history-of-science text, Fool Me Twice weaves the history of science throughout a discussion of the current anti-science movement in this country, always reminding us that the nature of democracy in America is tied to the nature of science.
William H. Ingham | “Fool Me Twice” by Shawn Lawrence Otto | Oct 03, 2012
This book deserves attention and discussion by individuals and groups who aspire to improve the climate for rational public discussion of science. I strongly recommend it.
Tara Smith | “Fool Me Twice” by Shawn Lawrence Otto | Aug 02, 2012
I do hope that at least a number of scientists–especially those just wading into the waters of communication and science politics–do pick up the book, and dog-ear some of the important pages and suggestions as I have done.
Science Education and the Future of America | Jun 24, 2012
This is a very good book for the science activist, offering many viable solutions to the growing problem of science illiteracy and stupidity.
In the other side of his bifurcated life, the author muses on the mysteries of coincidence and the siren call of the movies | Nov 17, 2012
In the other side of his bifurcated life, the author muses on the mysteries of coincidence and the siren call of the movies
Climate change, science and the next four years. | Nov 01, 2012
Thursday morning I moderated my first live presidential debate, on Capitol Hill.
Shawn Lawrence Otto | Scientific American | Nov 01, 2012
The United States faced down authoritarian governments on the left and right. Now it may be facing an even greater challenge from within
The young -- and therefore the Democrats -- should be very worried. | Sep 23, 2012
It's not about voter fraud. Minnesota has had no cases of voter impersonation, which is the only kind of fraud that a government-issued photo ID would prevent. It's about turning Minnesota into a "red state" for the foreseeable future. Here's how.
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