The War on Science

The War on Science Author Shawn Lawrence Otto
ISBN-10 9781571319524
Release 2016-06-07
Pages 514
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"Wherever the people are well informed," Thomas Jefferson wrote, "they can be trusted with their own government." But what happens when they are not? In every issue of modern society--from climate change to vaccinations, transportation to technology, health care to defense--we are in the midst of an unprecedented expansion of scientific progress and a simultaneous expansion of danger. At the very time we need them most, scientists and the idea of objective knowledge are being bombarded by a vast, well-funded, three-part war on science: the identity politics war on science, the ideological war on science, and the industrial war on science. The result is an unprecedented erosion of thought in Western democracies as voters, policymakers, and justices actively ignore the evidence from science, leaving major policy decisions to be based more on the demands of the most strident voices. Shawn Otto’s compelling new book investigates the historical, social, philosophical, political, and emotional reasons why evidence-based politics are in decline and authoritarian politics are once again on the rise on both left and right, and provides some compelling solutions to bring us to our collective senses, before it's too late.

The Republican War on Science

The Republican War on Science Author Chris Mooney
ISBN-10 9780465003860
Release 2007-03-16
Pages 376
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Science has never been more crucial to deciding the political issues facing the country. Yet science and scientists have less influence with the federal government than at any time since Richard Nixon fired his science advisors. In the White House and Congress today, findings are reported in a politicized manner; spun or distorted to fit the speaker's agenda; or, when they're too inconvenient, ignored entirely. On a broad array of issues-stem cell research, climate change, evolution, sex education, product safety, environmental regulation, and many others-the Bush administration's positions fly in the face of overwhelming scientific consensus. Federal science agencies-once fiercely independent under both Republican and Democratic presidents-are increasingly staffed by political appointees who know industry lobbyists and evangelical activists far better than they know the science. This is not unique to the Bush administration, but it is largely a Republican phenomenon, born of a conservative dislike of environmental, health, and safety regulation, and at the extremes, of evolution and legalized abortion. In The Republican War on Science, Chris Mooney ties together the disparate strands of the attack on science into a compelling and frightening account of our government's increasing unwillingness to distinguish between legitimate research and ideologically driven pseudoscience.

The War on Science

The War on Science Author Chris Turner
ISBN-10 9781771004312
Release 2014-03-04
Pages 170
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A passionate and meticulously researched argument against the Harper government's war on science. In this arresting and passionately argued indictment, award-winning journalist Chris Turner argues that Stephen Harper's attack on basic science, science communication, environmental regulations, and the environmental NGO community is the most vicious assault ever waged by a Canadian government on the fundamental principles of the Enlightenment. From the closure of Arctic research stations as oil drilling begins in the High Arctic to slashed research budgets in agriculture, dramatic changes to the nation's fisheries policy, and the muzzling of government scientists, Harper's government has effectively dismantled Canada's long-standing scientific tradition. Drawing on interviews with scientists whose work has been halted by budget cuts and their colleagues in an NGO community increasingly treated as an enemy of the state, The War on Science paints a vivid and damning portrait of a government that has abandoned environmental stewardship and severed a national commitment to the objective truth of basic science as old as Canada itself.

Paranoid Science

Paranoid Science Author Antony Alumkal
ISBN-10 9781479827138
Release 2017-05-23
Pages 256
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Explores the Christian Right’s fierce opposition to science, explaining how and why its leaders came to see scientific truths as their enemy For decades, the Christian Right’s high-profile clashes with science have made national headlines. From attempts to insert intelligent design creationism into public schools to climate change denial, efforts to “cure” gay people through conversion therapy, and opposition to stem cell research, the Christian Right has battled against science. How did this hostility begin and, more importantly, why has it endured? Antony Alumkal provides a comprehensive background on the war on science—how it developed and why it will continue to endure. Drawing upon Richard Hofstadter’s influential 1965 essay “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” Antony Alumkal argues that the Christian Right adopts a similar paranoid style in their approach to science. Alumkal demonstrates that Christian Right leaders see conspiracies within the scientific establishment, with scientists not only peddling fraudulent information, but actively concealing their true motives from the American public and threatening to destroy the moral foundation of society. By rejecting science, Christian Right leaders create their own alternative reality, one that does not challenge their literal reading of the Bible. While Alumkal recognizes the many evangelicals who oppose the Christian Right’s agenda, he also highlights the consequences of the war on reality—both for the evangelical community and the broader American public. A compelling glimpse into the heart of the Christian Right’s anti-science agenda, Paranoid Science is a must-read for those who hope to understand the Christian Right’s battle against science, and for the scientists and educators who wish to stop it.

The War on Science Goes Batshit

The War on Science Goes Batshit Author Allen J. Woppert
ISBN-10 9781483510057
Release 2013-11-01
Pages 229
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In The War on Science Goes Batshit, author Allen J. Woppert delivers an enthralling, entertaining story of fiction that is both controversial and endearing. The story deeply explores the ongoing war between proponents of the religious doctrine of intelligent design and proponents of the scientific laws of evolution; at the same time it presents a compelling story of ordinary and extraordinary teens coming of age and encountering new situations like high school dynamics, bullying, insecurities in friendship, and first love. The story’s main character and narrator, fourteen-year-old boy genius Timothy Thompson, is a freshman at Omar L. Batshit (pronounced baht-SHEET) High School in Batshit, Illinois. His life totally changes one day when he challenges his biology teacher, Mrs. Barker, for attempting to introduce and teach intelligent design as science. Timothy is a science buff and his mom is a lawyer, so the two of them join forces to stop Mrs. Barker from teaching religion in a public school, which is prohibited by the First Amendment. Though they succeed in their efforts, Timothy’s feelings of triumph are short-lived. No sooner than the battle between Timothy and Mrs. Barker ends, Timothy is pitted against almost the entire Batshit community. Timothy’s encounter with Mrs. Barker is perceived by many as anti-Christian, and Timothy is considered Batshit’s very own anti-Christ. He is subjected to hatred, bullying, and seditious plots, targeted not only by fellow students but also by his gym teacher, Mr. Braun. Luckily, Timothy has like-minded friends to whom he can turn for comfort and help, including Megan Chow, whom Timothy has vowed to make his girlfriend by the end of the school year. Timothy’s friends are science geeks, just like him, and together they plan a lecture series to teach the “real science” that Mrs. Barker won’t teach. With the clandestine support of the school’s principal and the more overt support of the school librarian, Timothy and his band of geeks continue to plan the lecture series, while, at the same time, Timothy’s antagonists continue to work against him. He gets help from another unexpected source: Mike Petersson, the school’s star football player and self-described “dumb jock.” The boys become friends while Timothy is tutoring Mike, and Mike steps up to act as Timothy’s bodyguard. But Timothy eventually finds himself in a life-threatening situation where not even a big, burly bodyguard like Mike can help him. At that crucial moment in the story, Timothy laments, “Here I am, standing on the brightly lit stage of a darkened and empty auditorium, about to die. My only hope for survival is lying on her belly at my feet. And although it’s not my entire life that’s flashing in front of my eyes, the events that got me here are doing just that.” As Timothy’s life hangs on the line, readers will hang on Woppert’s every word to learn the fate of Batshit’s besieged boy genius. Will he survive this battle and go on to win the war? Or will he become a casualty of the very thing he started?

Hitler s Scientists

Hitler s Scientists Author John Cornwell
ISBN-10 9781101640159
Release 2004-09-28
Pages 576
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An eye-opening account of the rise of science in Germany through to Hitler’s regime, and the frightening Nazi experiments that occurred during the Reich A shocking account of Nazi science, and a compelling look at the the dramatic rise of German science in the nineteenth century, its preeminence in the early twentieth, and the frightening developments that led to its collapse in 1945, this is the compelling story of German scientists under Hitler’s regime. Weaving the history of science and technology with the fortunes of war and the stories of men and women whose discoveries brought both benefits and destruction to the world, Hitler's Scientists raises questions that are still urgent today. As science becomes embroiled in new generations of weapons of mass destruction and the war against terrorism, as advances in biotechnology outstrip traditional ethics, this powerful account of Nazi science forms a crucial commentary on the ethical role of science.


Grunt Author Mary Roach
ISBN-10 9781780749785
Release 2016-09-01
Pages 256
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grunt • n. informal a low-ranking soldier At a converted movie studio amputee actors prepare army medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds, while at a base in East Africa diarrhoea threatens national security. Beyond weapons and strategy, this is about the other side of war – how scientists protect soldiers from panic, exhaustion, heat and noise. Setting about her task with infectious enthusiasm, the incomparable Mary Roach sniffs archival World War II stink bombs, tests earplugs in a simulated war zone with the Marine Corps and burns the midnight oil with the sleep-deprived crew of a nuclear submarine. Speaking to the scientists and the soldiers, she learns about everything from life-changing medical procedures such as testicular transplants to more esoteric innovations like firing dead chickens at fighter jets. Engrossing, insightful and laugh-out-loud funny, Grunt is an irresistible ride to the wilder shores of modern military life.

Science under siege

Science under siege Author Todd Wilkinson
ISBN-10 UOM:49015002500529
Release 1998
Pages 364
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Veteran journalist Todd Wilkinson exposes a disquieting, undeclared war that is shaping the future of our clean air and water, and the mosaic of biological richness on Earth. It's a war involving the quest for scientific truth, how decisions affecting our environment are made in corporate boardrooms, and what the implications of those deals are for generations of humans well into the next millenium.Entrenched political interests, unabashedly beholden to industry lobbyists, are waging an all-out war to weaken key environmental laws, gut environmental regulatory agencies, and arrange sweetheart deals with special-interest constituents to ensure private industry makes a profit at the public's expense. Their war on science is a well-planned campaign of ignorance that is being foisted on the American public.The soldiers opposing them in this war are scientists -- combat scientists, to be exact -- who have put their careers and livelihoods on the line. Anyone whose research doesn't support the politicians' goals is subject to intimidation, harassment, transfer, or expulsion. Careers are ruined; even lives are ruined. Yet were it not for these brave environmental scientists, cast from the mold of Rachel Carson, Americans would be breathing dirtier air, drinking contaminated water, eating dangerous food, dying at younger ages, getting by on a poorer quality of life, being exposed to dangerous nuclear power plants, and hiking around clear-cuts and open-pit mines where there once were pristine forests and sparkling waters.

The Science of War

The Science of War Author Michael E. O'Hanlon
ISBN-10 9781400830930
Release 2009-08-31
Pages 280
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The U.S. military is one of the largest and most complex organizations in the world. How it spends its money, chooses tactics, and allocates its resources have enormous implications for national defense and the economy. The Science of War is the only comprehensive textbook on how to analyze and understand these and other essential problems in modern defense policy. Michael O'Hanlon provides undergraduate and graduate students with an accessible yet rigorous introduction to the subject. Drawing on a broad range of sources and his own considerable expertise as a defense analyst and teacher, he describes the analytic techniques the military uses in every crucial area of military science. O'Hanlon explains how the military budget works, how the military assesses and deploys new technology, develops strategy and fights wars, handles the logistics of stationing and moving troops and equipment around the world, and models and evaluates battlefield outcomes. His modeling techniques have been tested in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the methods he used to predict higher-than-anticipated troop fatalities in Iraq--controversial predictions that have since been vindicated. The Science of War is the definitive resource on warfare in the twenty-first century. Gives the best introduction to defense analysis available Covers defense budgeting Shows how to model and predict outcomes in war Explains military logistics, including overseas basing Examines key issues in military technology, including missile defense, space warfare, and nuclear-weapons testing Based on the author's graduate-level courses at Princeton, Columbia, and Georgetown universities

Merchants of Doubt

Merchants of Doubt Author Naomi Oreskes
ISBN-10 9781408828779
Release 2011-10-03
Pages 368
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The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. These scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers. Merchants of Doubt tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. Remarkably, the same individuals surface repeatedly-some of the same figures who have claimed that the science of global warming is "not settled" denied the truth of studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. "Doubt is our product," wrote one tobacco executive. These "experts" supplied it. Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, historians of science, roll back the rug on this dark corner of the American scientific community, showing how ideology and corporate interests, aided by a too-compliant media, have skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era.

Looking for a fight

Looking for a fight Author John Holbo
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105122864353
Release 2006-09-07
Pages 94
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This work started life as a "book event"--an online, roundtable-style critical symposium on Chris Mooney's work, "The Republican War on Science." Eight contributors offered reviews, discussion, and critical commentary to which Mooney responded. The discussion is now published in book form.

War of the Worldviews

War of the Worldviews Author Deepak Chopra
ISBN-10 9781448116324
Release 2011-10-06
Pages 336
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Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Hawking have had a major impact on the loud and popular debate between 'aggressive atheists' and religion. The huge sales of their bestselling books show just how much interest people have in their ideas. Now Deepak Chopra is entering this debate, sparring with leading physicist, Professor Leonard Mlodinow (the co-author, with Stephen Hawking, of The Grand Design). In Is God an Illusion?, Chopra argues that there is design in our universe and a deep intelligence behind life. Without defending organised religion, he debunks randomness as an explanation for how Nature evolves and shows how consciousness comes first and matter second. On the other side, Mlodinow argues the viewpoint of science, specifically what modern quantum physics can tell us about our world. In his view, physics, genetics and cosmology will shed far more light on the big questions than rethinking ancient spiritual concepts can ever do. A major work of our time, Is God an Illusion? will not only offer more food for thought for those fascinated by the two sides of this modern conundrum - it will also place Deepak Chopra firmly in the ring of some of the most remarkable, and bestselling, thinkers of our era.

The War on Modern Science

The War on Modern Science Author Maynard Shipley
ISBN-10 UVA:X001328245
Release 1927
Pages 415
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The War on Modern Science has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The War on Modern Science also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The War on Modern Science book for free.

The War on Mites

The War on Mites Author Erik Raichle
ISBN-10 9781493100866
Release 2013-09-26
Pages 30
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New children’s book declares war on Mites In this book, Mr. Erik Raichle tells us that We got rid of mosquitoes and malaria; We can and must get rid of Mites and Asthma. So, Mr. Raichle wrote this book to tell us what we can do.

Art Physics

Art   Physics Author Leonard Shlain
ISBN-10 9780061227974
Release 2007-02-27
Pages 496
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Art interprets the visible world. Physics charts its unseen workings. The two realms seem completely opposed. But consider that both strive to reveal truths for which there are no words––with physicists using the language of mathematics and artists using visual images. In Art & Physics, Leonard Shlain tracks their breakthroughs side by side throughout history to reveal an astonishing correlation of visions. From the classical Greek sculptors to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, and from Aristotle to Einstein, artists have foreshadowed the discoveries of scientists, such as when Monet and Cezanne intuited the coming upheaval in physics that Einstein would initiate. In this lively and colorful narrative, Leonard Shlain explores how artistic breakthroughs could have prefigured the visionary insights of physicists on so many occasions throughout history. Provicative and original, Art & Physics is a seamless integration of the romance of art and the drama of science––and an exhilarating history of ideas.

Summary The Republican War on Science

Summary  The Republican War on Science Author BusinessNews Publishing
ISBN-10 9782511002452
Release 2017-01-30
Pages 44
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The must-read summary of Chris Mooney's book: “The Republican War on Science”. This complete summary of "The Republican War on Science" by Chris Mooney, a prominent American journalist and author, presents his analysis of how politicians, particularly those in the right wing, tend to either ignore or manipulate scientific truth to suit their own political agenda. Many Republicans' position on issues such as climate change, sex education, evolution and product safety go deliberately against the findings of legitimate and proven scientific research. Added-value of this summary: • Save time • Understand how right-wing politicians have waged a war on scientific truth • Expand your knowledge of American politics To learn more, read "The Republican War on Science" and discover how the line between legitimate scientific findings and the distorted truths of politicians are blurred for many right-wing politicians.

Science Strategy and War

Science  Strategy and War Author Frans P. B. Osinga
ISBN-10 UOM:39015079205004
Release 2007
Pages 313
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John Boyd is often known exclusively for the so-called 'OODA' loop model he developed. This model refers to a decision-making process and to the idea that military victory goes to the side that can complete the cycle from observation to action the fastest. This book aims to redress this state of affairs and re-examines John Boyd's original contribution to strategic theory. By highlighting diverse sources that shaped Boyd's thinking, and by offering a comprehensive overview of Boyd's work, this volume demonstrates that the common interpretation of the meaning of Boyd's OODA loop concept is incomplete. It also shows that Boyd's work is much more comprehensive, richer and deeper than is generally thought. With his ideas featuring in the literature on Network Centric Warfare, a key element of the US and NATO's so-called 'military transformation' programmes, as well as in the debate on Fourth Generation Warfare, Boyd continues to exert a strong influence on Western military thinking. Dr Osinga demonstrates how Boyd's work can helps us to understand the new strategic threats in the post- 9/11 world, and establishes why John Boyd should be regarded as one of the most important (post)modern strategic theorists.