A preview of Fool Me Twice


NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Shawn Lawrence Otto's Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America (Rodale, 2011). The preview consists of part of chapter 9, "Teaching Evolution: The Values Battle," in which Otto starts to lay the foundation for his discussion of the controversies over the place of evolution in the public schools. "Teaching creationism in school science classes," he writes elsewhere in the chapter, "is teaching a habit of mind that is toxic ... That is not going to take America where we need to go."

The reviewer for Science wrote, "what distinguishes the book is his determination to simultaneously educate and move to action both lay readers and scientists," concluding, "The solutions Otto suggests require a great deal of dedication and optimism. Nonetheless, the problems he identifies are quite real. Fool Me Twice offers a compelling consideration of the United States' political estrangement from science. One would very much like to attend to Otto's equally compelling hopes." Otto is the cofounder and CEO of Science Debate 2008, the largest political initiative in the history of science.