Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science (World Edition ebook)
About the world edition
A Warning for Democracy
"Whenever the people are well informed,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, “they can be trusted with their own government.”
But what happens in a world dominated by complex science? Are the people still well-enough informed to be trusted with their own government?
Jefferson thought it required “no very high degree” of education, but that was two centuries ago. Today, science influences every aspect of life, and over the next 40 years, scientists are poised to create as much new knowledge - and new power - as in the last 400.
But ineffective policies around science are leading world governments’ to create compounding problems. There is a growing “science gap” between the power of science and the knowledge level of people in world democracies. Can democracy survive in the age of science?
Shawn Lawrence Otto is the driving force behind the US Presidential Science Debates, which became the largest political initiative in the history of science – the idea that the candidates for president and other high offices should debate the world’s top science issues.
It is an idea that has since been adapted in several nations around the world.
In this World Edition of his famous book, Otto has written a behind-the-scenes look at how our governments, our politics, and the media prevent democracies from finding the real solutions we need. Fool Me Twice is the insightful, outraged, and ultimately hopeful account of democracy’s relationship with science—a relationship that is increasingly on the rocks at the very time we need it most.
Shawn Otto cofounded an effort that is springing up in several countries across the globe – the idea of having candidates for elected office debate the science challenges the current policy makers seem unable or unwilling to discuss let alone resolve. America and the world owes so much to science, to the discoveries that great innovators translated into benefactions for all mankind. Yet today we have policy makers proud to ignore the consequences of ignorance, oblivious to the connection between knowledge and freedom.
—Sir Harold Evans
"Before you vote in the next election, read Shawn Lawrence Otto's FOOL ME TWICE."
We're seeing right now a titanic battle between the power of science and the power of money--and money is winning. This book explains why, and offers some pointers that might get us back on the right track.
—Bill McKibben, founder, 350.org and author of Eaarth and The End of Nature
Otto makes a case that can't be refuted. Science is important to all of us... He backs it up with peer reviewed studies, carefully researched numbers, and his own extensive experience. He uses the process of science to prove that we need to invest in science. Here's hoping some voters and congressmembers take him seriously—soon.
—Bill Nye (the Science Guy®)
This book illuminates the alarming hostility to science in contemporary America by exploring the history of that often-tortured relationship. It’s essential background to understanding why such a smart country is, in this regard, so dumb.
—Steven Pinker, Harvard; author of How the Mind Works and The Better Angels of Our Nature
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