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Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future

August 5th 2009 18:19
"Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future" is a new book by Chris Mooney.

Chris Mooney book cover


This country features a massive science infrastructure, supported by well over one hundred billion dollars annually in federal funding and sporting a vast network of government laboratories and agencies, the finest universities in the world, and innovative corporations that conduct extensive research. Thanks to such investments, we built the bomb, reached the moon, decoded the genome, and created the Internet. And yet today the United States is also home to a populace that, to an alarming extent, refuses to accept either the fact or the theory of evolution, the scientifically undisputed explanation of where our species came from; is in dangerous retreat from childhood vaccines, one of medicine's greatest advances and the savior of a million lives per year by the end of the 20th century ; has become politically divided over the nature of reality itself, such that college educated Democrats are now more than twice as likely as college educated Republicans to believe that global warming is real and human caused ; and stands on the verge of allowing us to fall behind other nations, like India and China, in the race to lead the world in science in the 21st century.

Chris Mooney is a senior correspondent for The American Prospect and a contributing editor for Science Progress.

Chris maintains a blog called The Intersection, with Sheril Kirshenbaum and writes an online column named Doubt and About for the magazine Skeptical Inquirer, where he serves as a contributing editor.

This is a video of Chris addressing the American Institute of Biological Sciences - May 2009, Washington DC.

"Journalists that understand science are basically an endangered species."

Chris Mooney

"Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future" is a follow up to Chris Mooney's 2005 book "The Republican War on Science".

Chris Mooney book cover

[Chris Mooney] "...explains how Republicans have manipulated the inherent uncertainty in science to ensure that Congress rarely hears any consensus opinion that may damage a Bush policy. Using methods and strategies pioneered by the tobacco industry, Republicans put forward contrarian scientists who say what the Republicans want to hear."

Stuart Derbyshire - university lecturer

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7 Comments. [ Add A Comment ]

Comment by Wilson Pon

August 6th 2009 08:56
WoW, Morgan. It seems the Republican had brought the war into the further stage now...

Comment by Janet Collins

August 6th 2009 13:48
Sounds like a very good read - that is if I ever get the time

Comment by Morgan Bell

August 6th 2009 15:34
hi Wilson,

the Republican Party should just stop beating around the bush and call itself the Creationist Party

hi Janet,

hey you could always cheat and watch the YouTube video, you kind of get the gist of it through his presentation

Comment by RubySoho

August 7th 2009 06:42
Sounds like a radical activist with an axe to grind.

Comment by Morgan Bell

August 7th 2009 15:46
hi Ruby,

aww you made me reminisce about the good old days of being called a bigot by a bigot, the days of irony and the virtual extinction of Great Minds

thanks for the laugh

Comment by Jeff Musall

August 15th 2009 19:41
Yes, sometimes it seems that science, like Elvis - has "left the room."

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