Shawn Otto

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Shawn Otto is one of the world's leading science advocates, speaking to audiences worldwide about the critical need for evidence-based democratic leadership and warning about the growing dangers of anti-science authoritarianism. He also an award-winning screenwriter and novelist, including writing and co-producing the Academy Award-nominated movie House of Sand and Fog, and the LA Times Book Prize finalist literary crime novel, Sins of Our Fathers.


Otto was awarded the IEEE-USA National Distinguished Public Service Award for his work elevating science in American public dialogue. He is cofounder and producer of the US presidential science debates at ScienceDebate.org and the only person to get Donald Trump to answer science questions during his presidential campaign.


He is author of the award-winning The War on Science, which has been called "a game changer, and probably the most important book you'll read this year." He has advised science debate efforts in many countries.


He lives in Minnesota with his wife, Rebecca Otto, the former Minnesota State Auditor and candidate for Governor, in a solar- and wind-powered green home he designed and the couple built with their own hands. 


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