The War on Science: Who's Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It
Who’s Waging it, Why it Matters, What We Can Do About It
Mankind has enormously benefited from the scientific advances but the science and progress are not always welcomed by political, religious and corporate leaders.
We are living the century of science but voters are increasingly willing to reject science and continue to elect ardently antiscientific politicians. Science is poised to create more knowledge in the next 40 years than in all of recorded history.
Is it because science has advanced too far and problems are too complex or in a world dominated by science that requires extensive education to fully grasp, can democracy still prosper.
Science is so central to our policy challenges. Yet, less than 1% of the U.S. Congressmen have background in science. No wonder that global policymaking is more rhetoric than facts.
Author Shawn Otto in an interview with Readara explains how science upends the status quo and challenges the present order of the power and business structures and explains how antiscience flourished in the ancient and recent times leading to the collapse of regimes and societies.
How the clash between science-literate and illiterate is causing unique set of problems.
- Why is science under attack and what are the frontlines?
- Why do representatives of fundamentalism in Islam and Christianity, corporate front groups, journalists and New Age purists attack science?
- What is the history of religious intolerance against science?
- How and why did Galileo's views clash with the Catholic Church?
- Why are politicians from the left and right waging a war on science?
- Why do people become more vulnerable to disinformation campaigns?
- What is the interplay of antiscience and freedom?
- What role did science play in the Protestant Reformation and what were the contributions by the “Islamic keepers of science?”
- Why anti-science views concerning reproductive medicine, evolution and climate science are finding favors in the last decade in the Republican Party?
- Why is science no longer covered by newspapers and the media in general?
- How has science come to be marginalized in the public discourse and policymaking?
- How can people, institutions, and societies distill through anti-science disinformation campaigns?
- What are the implications of political journalists’ growing lack of understanding for the public discourse of science?