Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future

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Climate change, the energy crisis, nuclear proliferationómany of the most urgent problems of the twenty-first century require scientific solutions, yet America is paying less and less attention to scientists. For every five hours of cable news, less than one minute is devoted to science, and the number of newspapers with science sections has shrunk from ninety-five to thirty-three in the last twenty years. In Unscientific America, journalist and best-selling author Chris Mooney and scientist Sheril Kirshenbaum explain this dangerous state of affairs, proposing a broad array of initiatives that could reverse the current trend.

An impassioned call to arms, Unscientific America exhorts Americans to reintegrate science into public discourseóbefore it is too late.

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"Concise and entertaining... The authors do a good job of charting the decline of science's prestige after the cold war, and the career pressures that prevent young researchers from selling the subject to a broader audience today. I particularly liked the warnings about the divisive impact of public figures such as Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers, who sometimes appear to be on a mission to offend churchgoers."

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