Unscientific America on Sale Now
We here at Science Debate are continuing our work to raise the profile of science in the national dialogue. Part of that work is getting the public to think and talk about science in America.
we're announcing a new book to further propel that discussion.
"Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future"
is co-authored by two of our co-founders, Chris Mooney and Sheril
Kirshenbaum, and is now available in stores across the country and online.
And here's the part we like best: the authors have generously agreed to donate a percentage of royalties from book sales to ScienceDebate.org -- so let's see if we can push it up into bestseller status! Check it out here.
The book contains, among many other things, a chapter-length account of the Science Debate initiative during the last campaign season -- read it to start getting prepped to speak up for science in the next election! You can find more info about the book below, and at its website: www.unscientificamerica.com
"Unscientific America"—the much anticipated sequel to the bestselling
"The Republican War on Science"—journalist and author Chris Mooney
teams up with scientist Sheril Kirshenbaum to explain how
religious ideologues, science-phobic politicians, a profit driven media, and hyperspecialized scientists have all helped create a dangerous state of affairs—a situation in which we find a vast gap between the world of science on the one hand, and the American public on the other.
Many of the most significant challenges of the 21st century--such as climate change, the energy crisis, national economic competitiveness, global pandemics, and nuclear proliferation--have fundamentally scientific underpinnings. Yet we live in a culture that rarely takes science seriously or has it on the radar.
Consider: 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 over the past several decades. The public is polarized over climate change—an issue where political party affiliation determines one's view of reality—and in dangerous retreat from childhood vaccinations. Meanwhile, only 18 percent of Americans have even met a scientist to begin with; more than half can't name a living scientist role model.
Mooney & Kirshenbaum examine the root causes of these disconnects in the political arena, in the media, in the entertainment world, and in American religious life. And they propose a broad array of initiatives
to reverse the current trend, and bring about a greater integration of science into our national discourse.
Already dubbed a "book to read now" by Seed Magazine, Unscientific America is a plea for enhanced scientific literacy, and urges those who care about science’s place in our society to take unprecedented action to translate science's message--and make it relevant to the media, to politicians, and to the public in the broadest sense. The
book lays the groundwork for reintegrating science into the public discourse--before it's too late.
"If it were up to me, this book would be required reading for all undergraduate science majors, along with Sagan’s "The Demon-Haunted World". Only when we begin training scientists to understand the relationship between science and society, and their crucial role in that relationship, will be begin to solve the dilemma so eloquently described in 'Unscientific America'."
-Michael Mann, RealClimate.org
You can find out much more about Unscientific America at the book's website: www.unscientificamerica.com