The first of our real reviews has also come out today, from Seed magazine in its July list of “Books to Read Now.” It’s just a paragraph, so I’ll post the whole thing:
Following up on his The Republican War on Science, science journalist Chris Mooney joins Sheril Kirshenbaum in explaining the disconnect between scientists and the public. This time the onus is on not just on obfuscating and interfering conservatives, but largely on scientists themselves. By talking down to the misinformed—and outright insulting the religious—scientists, they argue, do more harm than good in their quest to enshrine reason in American politics and culture. While the authors’ call for more friendly and magnanimous champions of science is far from a radical conclusion, it duly highlights the Sagan-and Gould-shaped holes we have in our current scientific discourse.
Just one qualifier: While the book does put a fair amount of onus on the scientific community, it also does not let anybody else off the hook.