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, When Science and Politics Collide: The Public Interest at Risk 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.
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- Chapter 1. Science and Politics
- What Is Science?
- What Is Politics?
- Conclusion: A Troubled Relationship
- Chapter 2. The Space Race: A Marriage of Necessity
- Research and Political Necessity: A Marriage of Convenience
- The Collaborative Dynamic and â??Big Scienceâ??
- Chapter 3. Climate Change: A Classic Case of Conflict
- Climate Science
- Climate Politics
- Chapter 4. Hydraulic Fracturing: A Deepening Fissure
- The Fracking Revolution
- Preemptive Conflict: The Avoidance of Regulation
- Chapter 5. Evolution and Creationism: A Classic Case of Resistance
- Explaining the Resistance to Science
- What Is the Cost of Resistance?
- Chapter 6. Panic Reflex: Pandemics, Science, and Politics
- Pandemic Preparedness
- Are We Prepared for the Next Pandemic?
- Conclusion: Panic Prone and Underprepared
- Chapter 7. Two Worldsâ??One Reality: A Path Forward?
- The Problem
- Solution: Two Worldsâ??One Reality
- About the Author