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Shawn's new book takes on the antiscience forces that are hurting America.

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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.

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Recent Media

GOP's Shady Science

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)

Presidential Debate: After Sandy—Climate Change, Science, and the Next 4 Years

Moderated by Shawn Lawrence Otto & Chris Mooney | Nov 01, 2012

First-ever Presidential surrogates general election science debate, Capitol Hill.

Virtually Speaking Science

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's Shawn Lawrence Otto about science politics.

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Science writer highlights how recovering energy from waste helps fight climate change

Steven Russell | American Chemistry Matters | Oct 22, 2013

In a recent article for the Huffington Post, science writer and founder of Shawn Lawrence Otto writes about how misperceptions concerning waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities have actually worked against the effort to address climate change.

Esri and the Science Community

Dawn Wright | ArcGIS Resources | Jul 07, 2013

Shawn Otto, CEO and cofounder of recently pointed out: “We are poised over the next 40 years to create as much new knowledge as we have in the past 400 years."

Democracy and the Science Gap

Wolfgang Goede | Wissenschaftsdebatte | Jul 03, 2013

At the World Conference of Science Journalists WCSJ Helsinki 2013 Otto summed up his experiences under the title "Democracy and the Science Gap".

Head over heal

Susannah Cahalan | New York Post | Jun 22, 2013

In an interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz, actress Gwyneth Paltrow defended her decision to put her children on a no-dairy, low-carb, gluten-free diet to treat her son’s eczema, a skin disease, “naturally.”

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Science is my passion, politics is my duty: review of Fool Me Twice

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.

Review | American Physical Society

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.

Review | Aetiology

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.

Review | Epinions

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.

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