Unscientific America — neues Buch von Chris Mooney

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Chris Mooney (Autor von: The Republican War on Science 2005) hat heute auf sein in Kürze erscheinendes Buch hingewiesen:

The book is called Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, and it is coauthored by a young marine scientist named Sheril Kirshenbaum.


In Unscientific America we explain how religious ideologues, science-phobic politicians, a profit-driven media, and hyperspecialized scientists have all helped create a dangerous state of affairs–one in which we find a vast gap between the world of science and the U.S. public. Some alarming facts: For every five hours of cable news, less than a minute is devoted to science; 46 percent of Americans reject evolution and think the Earth is less than 10,000 years old; the number of newspapers with weekly science sections has shrunken by two-thirds in recent years. The public is polarized over climate change and in dangerous retreat from childhood vaccinations. Meanwhile, only 18 percent of Americans know a scientist personally; more than half can’t name a living scientist role model. The book examines the root causes of these disconnects, and proposes a broad array of initiatives to reverse the current trend, and to bring about a greater integration of science into our national discourse–before it’s too late. I’ll spare you the reviews or further description; it’s all on the website. But I will say this: Folks sometimes ask how I would prefer that they buy the book–online, Kindle, bookstore, or what. They also ask when would be best, timing-wise, to make their purchase. My answer is that if you can, please drop by your bookstore *in the next week* and pick up a copy–it should be on display, and if it isn’t, ask them to order more. And here’s to a more scientifically literate America!

Chris Mooney http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/

Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future


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