Shawn Lawrence Otto | Scientific American
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Nov 01, 2012
The United States faced down authoritarian governments on the left and right. Now it may be facing an even greater challenge from within
Congress debates climate change that images make plain
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Aug 03, 2012
Beyond these Orwellian arguments, for a true taste of problems inherent in this discussion tune in to the exchange that happened as Boxer brought the first portion of the hearing to a close.
In an age of growing antiscience politics, fifteen US science and engineering organizations take a stand
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Jul 19, 2012
Fifteen of the top U.S. science and engineering organizations today released a list of the most important science policy questions that presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Mitt Romney should be debating on the campaign trail.
Book Review: Cures for Hunger by Deni Béchard
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | May 16, 2012
A gripping, evocative memoir of the writer's childhood love for his criminal but all-too-human father
Thoughts on the passing of Fang Lizhi, science humanitarian
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Apr 19, 2012
Chinese physicist Fang Lizhi wrote of science and freedom and paid for it with his own.
Supreme Court Tosses Virginia Attorney General's Attack on UVA and Michael Mann
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Mar 02, 2012
In a big win for academic freedom over the forces of creeping authoritarianism, the Virginia Supreme Court today sided with the University of Virginia in its fight against Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's investigation of former UVA climate scientist Michael Mann.
A book review of Michael Mann’s saga from the front lines
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Feb 27, 2012
What makes The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars an important addition is the thread of Mann’s evolution in thinking as he followed the simple logic of science where it led, something we want any graduate student to do, and as a result was increasingly forced to defend his work, himself, and ultimately the future of the planet. A harrowing ride through the politics of truth and denial.
Heartland Institute's Plan to Brainwash Children
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Feb 16, 2012
Secret documents reveal the corporate and fossil-fuel-funded Heartland Institute's plan to feed kids propaganda in their science classes
Eight reasons why Obama should reverse his support of Secretary Sebelius's decision on Plan B
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Dec 15, 2011
The last time this happened, it was under Bush administration FDA commissioner Lester Crawford, and it was a major scandal. It should be this time too, and here's why.
South African Climate Summit erodes the status of scientific knowledge in future negotiations
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Dec 11, 2011
Durban ended with an extension of Kyoto, but an erosion of the status of science as an arbiter of future agreements.
Rep. Don Young abuses noted historian Dougles Brinkley in stunning display
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Nov 19, 2011
A heated exchange between two congressmen and a historian they didn't want to hear from shows what happens to democracy when knowledge is no longer the arbiter of what is true, but is simply another "way of knowing."