Otto Fires up the Crowd with ... Facts and Science?
By Guest Blogger | Sep 25, 2011
"It's pretty astonishing when a crowd cheers just to hear verifiable scientific facts," said Otto. "It speaks to how far our national policymakers have drifted from reality."
There is a propaganda battle being fought on the internet to control what you believe
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Sep 22, 2011
Hilary Clinton was mocked as paranoid when in 1998 she said that there was "a vast right-wing conspiracy" out to discredit her husband Bill Clinton's presidency. Since then the network of right-wing media outfits, conservative think tanks, merchant scientists, propaganda videographers and corporate-funded astroturf organizations has been broadly documented.
Antiscience activists have attacked Fool Me Twice - even before it is published
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Sep 01, 2011
Virtually all the climate data we’ve gathered over fifty years points to the same conclusion: humans are warming the planet by burning fossil fuels. But the data have no credibility with global warming deniers, who view science and knowledge as opinions that can be argued into submission. There is a vast Army of Armchair Antiscientists – a shadow AAAS – intent on doing just that across a wide range of science findings they disagree with. They are militant, impassioned, cunning and deceitful, and they seek to quash any messaging that does not agree with their narrative.
We have to shame antiscience thinking into submission just like we did racism
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Jun 18, 2011
Yesterday I spoke on the Netroots Nation 2011 panel Science Policy in Unexpected Places with some amazing copanelists here here here and here.
My comment that “Science is never partisan, but science is always political,” and that “we need to shame antiscience thinking into submission, just as we shamed racism” was picked up, tweeted and posted by Think Progress's Brad Johnson. It caused quite a discussion.
At the same time, my old state senator Michele Bachmann spoke at the other end of the Mississippi and reiterated her old position about intelligent design and how "we should teach the controversy."
Panel on talking about science in unexpected places works to counter GOP retreat from reason
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Jun 10, 2011
I'll be there speaking on a panel about talking about science in unexpected places. This is a critical topic in a time when the GOP is retreating into unreason and science becomes, in their view, a partisan topic. This week, for example, Rush Limbaugh's response to Mitt Romney's statement that he "believes" in climate change was "bye bye nomination."
I'll be speaking at the national social action conference on Friday June 17
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Jun 03, 2011
Netroots Nation is going on its sixth year, and this time the annual gathering of online experts, social change agents, bloggers, non-profits, social entrepreneurs and writers will be in Minneapolis.