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.
How the Huffington Post is still blowing it on science but has a chance to make a real difference
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Apr 17, 2012
When the publication's science editor publishes antiscience propaganda, what can we learn?
Consensus among Protestants, Catholics for science debates, science-based policies; Twice as many think the US not spending enough on alternative energy as do defense
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Apr 03, 2012
It turns out that the presidential campaign staffers have it completely, one hundred and eighty degrees wrong when it comes to science. Overwhelming majorities of American voters want the candidates to debate the big science issues facing the country.
Heartland Institute's Budget and Strategy Released Online
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Feb 14, 2012
Internal documents show organization's strategy, including a climate propaganda effort in K-12 schools by "providing curriculum that shows that the topic of climate change is controversial and uncertain - two key points that are effective at dissuading teachers from teaching science."
Today's antiscience politicians are not going to take America where we need to go
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Oct 27, 2011
America didn't keep the world safe for democracy by pandering to ideological dark agers - we got ahead by using hard-headed science. It's time we get back to it, and start putting America first again.
Otto Fires up the Crowd with ... Facts and Science?
By Guest Blogger | Sep 25, 2011
"It's pretty astonishing when a crowd cheers just to hear verifiable scientific facts," said Otto. "It speaks to how far our national policymakers have drifted from reality."
There is a propaganda battle being fought on the internet to control what you believe
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Sep 22, 2011
Hilary Clinton was mocked as paranoid when in 1998 she said that there was "a vast right-wing conspiracy" out to discredit her husband Bill Clinton's presidency. Since then the network of right-wing media outfits, conservative think tanks, merchant scientists, propaganda videographers and corporate-funded astroturf organizations has been broadly documented.
"In this incredible book, Otto explores the devaluation of science in America."
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Sep 19, 2011
I'm really thrilled to announce they've given my new book Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America not just a passing grade, but a "starred review" which they say "indicates a book of outstanding quality."
Antiscience activists have attacked Fool Me Twice - even before it is published
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Sep 01, 2011
Virtually all the climate data we’ve gathered over fifty years points to the same conclusion: humans are warming the planet by burning fossil fuels. But the data have no credibility with global warming deniers, who view science and knowledge as opinions that can be argued into submission. There is a vast Army of Armchair Antiscientists – a shadow AAAS – intent on doing just that across a wide range of science findings they disagree with. They are militant, impassioned, cunning and deceitful, and they seek to quash any messaging that does not agree with their narrative.
New Pew study signals what may be the best hope for democracy
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Jul 21, 2011
A major part of the American public's weakening grip on reality is caused by the pernicious myth of the "marketplace of ideas." As a Hollywood screenwriter, I can tell you there is no "marketplace of ideas." It's a marketplace of emotions.
We have to shame antiscience thinking into submission just like we did racism
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Jun 18, 2011
Yesterday I spoke on the Netroots Nation 2011 panel Science Policy in Unexpected Places with some amazing copanelists here here here and here.
My comment that “Science is never partisan, but science is always political,” and that “we need to shame antiscience thinking into submission, just as we shamed racism” was picked up, tweeted and posted by Think Progress's Brad Johnson. It caused quite a discussion.
At the same time, my old state senator Michele Bachmann spoke at the other end of the Mississippi and reiterated her old position about intelligent design and how "we should teach the controversy."
Public statements by GOP lawmakers (listed here) show ideology trumps knowledge in America's new anti-science government
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | May 22, 2011
Science is inherently political. If those who disagree with its findings are allowed to harass and intimidate scientists or quash those results, all Americans lose, and democracy loses. Such acts are cowardly, tyrannical, and deplorable. They should be condemned in the same terms used to castigate anyone who seeks to suppress freedom.