When Science and Politics Collide: The Public Interest at Risk, 1st Edition

  • Robert O. Schneider
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  • ISBN-10: 1440859388
  • ISBN-13: 9781440859380
  • DDC: 320.6
  • 240 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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The United States is waging a political war against science, and the stakes are increasing. When it comes to areas in which science and politics must interact, such as genetics, climate, and energy, there are always political interests pushing to spin the relevant science, but this becomes problematic when Americans abandon rationality for ideology or misinformation manufactured to confuse and persuade them. In a series of five contemporary examples, this book makes the case that none of the ways in which science and politics currently communicate serve the public interest and that some of them actually result in great harm. It explains that whether disagreements are about climate change, vaccines, pandemics, or fracking, experimentally proven and reproducible data and evidence can save lives--and poor, politically motivated policies can doom them. The book concludes with recommendations for creating a more perfect union between scientific facts and political agendas.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Science and Politics.
2: The Space Race: A Marriage of Necessity.
3: Climate Change: A Classic Case of Conflict.
4: Hydraulic Fracturing: A Deepening Fissure.
5: Evolution and Creationism: A Classic Case of Resistance.
6: Panic Reflex: Pandemics, Science, and Politics.
7: Two Worlds—One Reality: A Path Forward?.
About the Author.