The War on Science
- Who's Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It
- Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
- Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 08-12-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Inc.
The result is an unprecedented erosion of thought in Western democracies as voters, policymakers, and justices actively ignore the evidence from science, leaving major policy decisions to be based more on the demands of the most strident voices.
Shawn Lawrence Otto's provocative new book investigates the historical, social, philosophical, political, and emotional reasons for why and how evidence-based politics are in decline and authoritarian politics are once again on the rise, and offers a vision, an argument, and some compelling solutions to bring us to our collective senses, before it's too late.
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By AudioBook Reviewer on 06-02-17
couldn’t be timelier
In an emergency, medics are taught to look for those that are not speaking among those who are screaming for help. In a similar light, we may be missing those most important scientific voices because they can’t be heard above the din of media attention some unscientific work gets. In the audiobook, The War on Science: Who's Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It, by Shawn Otto, it’s clear that the issue is complex and he doesn’t shy away from the whole story. In this 20- hour volume, which resembles an eloquent offering from the Great Courses line-up, we get the full story from beginning to end, that we as a country, are often in the dark.
The volume couldn’t be timelier as the new administration, whether you are for or against, puts stops on the dissemination of information from the USDA, the CDC, and EPA. Before tackling the current issues, it makes sense to look back at the rise and decline of our leader's desire for scientific evidence.
Who would want to listen to twenty hours of content? Scientists. policymakers, and those with a vested interest in science and government that want the free and transparent distribution of information. The writing is at a very high and sometimes inaccessible level for many and the sheer depth of research would normally make it difficult to digest. However, the logic is sound, the arguments clear, and well documented. The expectation for many would be to listen from beginning to end, but with multiple parts, chronological movement from a presidential policy of one administration to another, it becomes difficult to follow if in that way. It is really, I believe, a great catalyst for upper-level undergraduate or graduate classroom discussion. The book provides a great return on investment for the single credit Audible charges.
About the Narrator
Peter Berkrot is a veteran narrator with a few hundred titles on Audible.com alone. I first listened to him with The Design of Everyday Things, a classic from Donald A. Norman and his voice works especially well for non-fiction. With his readings of the 30-hour Untold History of the United States and other classics, it’s not just a veteran narrator, but a key fit.
Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.
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By Scott on 11-05-17
Definitely worth listening to.
Excellent book. Takes a much broader perspective than books such as Merchants of Doubt, which focus more specifically on corporate interference with and obfuscation of science to protect industrial interests. Otto covers this, but also looks more deeply at cultural and philosophical threats to science, as well as the failure of science to promote itself and nurture its own relationship with society.
In some places the early chapters are a little thinly argued, but I think that's just a consequence of taking a broad perspective and trying to cover a lot of territory in a single book.
The audio is slightly marred by Peter Berkrot's delivery. His voice is fine, but unfortunately he has the intonation of a video game villain. It really isn't appropriate to the subject matter and was very distracting for the first several chapters, although I eventually got used to it.
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