The War on Science: Who’s waging it, Why it matters, What we can do about it by Shawn Otto (2016). Some of the people who wrote blurbs for the book are listed below and links to books where appropriate are included. Fabulous book, and if I hadn’t got Tuesday and wednesday mixed up on my phone calendar, I could have heard in speak. I was so very disappointed in myself for that. Buy the book; 500 pages is a long library read.
The following books are posted just to illustrate how big of a deal this book is showing writers who wrote the foreword and blurbs. Keep going past this for the actual blog content.
foreword by Lawrence M. Krauss (he’s the guy that wrote the great The Physics of Star Trek)
Writers of blurbs for the book include:Bill Nye (The Science Guy)
Bill McKibben, Michael E. Mann, Walter Mondale
Maria Konnikova (author of Mastermind: How to think like Sherlock Holmes)
Ben Bova — award-winning author of the Grand Tour series and former editorial director of Omni
David Byrne, scientist and award-winning author of The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose between Privacy and Freedom?
[I don’t think we’ll be getting a vote.]
Continue reading The War on Science by Shawn Otto
Empire of Illusion: The end of literacy and the triumph of spectacle (2009)
The book chapters are divided into 5 sections of type of illusions:
- The Illusion of Literacy
- The Illusion of Love
- The Illusion of Wisdom
- The Illusion of happiness
- The Illusion of America
- xplus notes, bibliography, and index
There are so many thoughtful and well written passages I have opted to mostly quote.
“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books, ” Neil postman wrote: “what Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book for there would be no one who wanted to read one. ” p 39
“Totalitarian systems begin as propagandistic movements that ostensibly teach people to “believe what they want” but that is a ruse. The Christian Right, for example, argues that it wants intelligent design, or creationism, to be offered as an alternative to evolution in public school biology classes. But once you allow creationism, which no reputable biologist or paleontologist accepts as legitimate science, to be considered as an alternative to real science, you begin the deadly assault against dispassionate, honest, intellectual inquiry. Step into the hermetic world of many Christian schools or colleges and there are no alternatives to creationism offered to students. Once the systems have control, the Christian advocates’ purported love of alternative viewpoints and debate is replaced by an iron and irrational conformity to illusion.” P. 52
(From the chapter on the illusion of literacy)
Continue reading Empire oI Illusion by Chris Hedges