March for Science Earth Day 2017 Speaker - Shawn Otto
Earth Day Network
"So we say to our elected leaders, the war on science must end. The evidence shows that global warming is real, that vaccines do not cause autism, that research drives prosperity, that there are no such things as alternative facts, and that if you want America to succeed, Donald Trump, you can’t lead it with your brain tied behind your back."
Democracy Now! Special Broadcast Highlights from the March for Science
Amy Godman | Democracy Now!
Shawn Otto: "We are gathered here today to defend this fundamental principle, to tell our elected leaders that attacking science is attacking democracy, denying science is denying democracy, and rejecting science is rejecting democracy. The greatest freedom and the greatest equality come not from the PR campaigns of wealthy corporations, nor from the demands of impassioned ideologues, but from public policies based on evidence."
A conversation with the author of “The War on Science”
ScieTech Now | Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Science and technology impact many public policy issues today, from energy and the environment, to public health and privacy. But how is public opinion and knowledge of science informed or misinformed by our political discourse? A new book titled, “The War on Science,” is starting conversations about the relationship between science and democracy.
Shawn Otto has worked for years to get politicians to focus on and debate the major science issues like climate change and to base policy decisions on evidence, while working to get journalists to do a better job of covering these important questions.
Shawn Otto gave the keynote address at the National Academies program Examining the Mistrust of Science. He spoke about The War On Science and the rise of past-fact politics, why this is a threat to democracy, why it's happening, and what can be done to solve it.
Otto explains why the evidence-based politics that gave birth to democracy are now in decline and authoritarian politics are once again on the rise—and provides some compelling solutions to bring us to our collective senses, before it’s too late.
Why Is Science a Political Issue? Encouraging Enlightenment with Shawn Otto & Lawrence Krauss
Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio
During this week’s radio show you will learn about:
- The ideological war on science
- Lessons we can draw from the current state of humanity
- Scientific code of ethics
- The relationship between science and public policy
The War On Science Interview: Who's Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It
Science advocate and writer Shawn Otto explains to Readara how science challenges the present order of power and business structures, and why it has come under attack from various ends. Otto provides a historical perspective on anti-science movements in ancient and more recent times, dwelling on the inevitable collapse of societies and regimes that declared war on evidence.
The candidates for president have responded to America's Top 20 Science, Engineering, Tech, Health & Environmental Issues in 2016. We talk to the co-founders of a movement to get a Presidential Debate on Science about the questions and answers.
Shawn Otto, organizer of Science Debate, describes one obstacle to meaningful discussion. Communication expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson looks back to discern trends that have made productive discussion about science nearly impossible today. And Lawrence Krauss discusses the unique situation in which the man at the top of one political ticket is flat out wrong about science.
Trump and Clinton Remain Far Apart on Science and Environment
National Public Radio | KQED Forum
As part of NPR’s “A Nation Engaged” conversation, we discuss the candidates’ positions and the use and misuse of science in politics and public policy with: Shawn Otto, co-founder, sciencedebate.org; author, "The War on Science: Who's Waging It, Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It." Marcia McNutt, geophysicist; president, National Academy of Sciences; former director, U.S. Geological Survey under President Obama Kathleen Hall Jamieson, professor, Annenberg School for Communication; director, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
While the major-party presidential candidates have been making a lot of speeches about taxes, job creation, and international trade, there’s one topic that hasn’t been very visible on the campaign trail: science. Shawn Otto, chair of ScienceDebate.org, offers a list of 20 science policy questions curated by some of the nation’s major scientific societies. He says they should prompt campaigns to make science policy equal to foreign, military, and domestic policies on the campaign trail.
Despite being exposed to more science than at any point in human history, more Americans, and policymakers, are growing distrustful of science. That’s according to our guest, who says we’re in the midst of a vast, well-funded war on science…and unless we can find a way to reverse course, we won’t be able to solve the world’s biggest problems in the coming decades.
Shawn Otto talked about his book The War on Science: Who’s Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It, in which he argues that scientific fact is devalued in favor of political and media interests. He spoke with Albert Teich.
Freethinking Forum - "The War On Science" by Shawn Otto
In this in depth interview author Shawn Otto discusses his new book showing us how to win the war, defending science from the many forces suppressing its use by Congress and state legislatures in dealing with climate disruption, reproductive rights and many other issues. Fourteen "battle plans" detail the steps toward the proper role of science in governing America. See why he is earning high praise, 5-star reviews
With climate change in the headlines, there is an ongoing debate over if it's scientifically verifiable, or if it's just a conspiracy theory used for political gains. Our guest helps clarify. How is the San Francisco / Bay Area impacted by climate change? How have both political left and right shunned science to further their own ends? Find out what callers have to say about how bad science effects courtroom cases, how lack of understanding affects health, and much more.
Science Under Siege: 3-part documentary based on Shawn's writing
CBC | Ideas with Paul Kennedy
Scientists are increasingly restricted in what they can research, publish and say—constrained by elected officials, legal attacks, and PR campaigns. Historically, science has always had a thorny relationship with institutions of power. But what happens to societies which turn their backs on curiosity-driven research? And how can science lift the siege? A three-part series.
The novel recounts an arson inside an embezzlement inside an assault inside a banking scheme, all the way down to an unflinching look at America’s original sin: five hundred years of physical and spiritual violence against Native peoples. Crimes that made our country.