... in which we explore the ways that politicians and other public figures have led an attack on science in America, leading to the policy problems encountered today.
This review is of a digital copy provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley.
In Fool Me Twice, Shawn Lawrence Otto discusses the divide between politics and science present in America today. Pointing out that we are living in an increasingly scientifically complex world, Otto writes about the implications of having a Congress where less than 2% of the members have a background in a science field. He also talks about how the media has done very little to alleviate this issue, by constantly dodging scientific topics or dumbing them down to a point where they aren't really science any more.
I really enjoyed the range of topics in the book. The first couple of chapters of the book felt a little repetitive to me, but after I really got into, the book started to flow more and I enjoyed it a great deal. He covers lots of topics, from Congress and climate change to the weak state of science in the American classroom. Otto also covers some topics from a more historical perspective, rather than just focusing on the modern state of things. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on the tragedy of the commons, as I found it to be really interesting both from a historical perspective and as a discussion on where things are heading for the future.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone in the United States, particularly if you plan on voting in the 2012 main election or any of the primaries (why wouldn't you vote?). Despite its somewhat slow start, the book is extremely important and very engaging for readers of all backgrounds.