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Jan 26 2012

Today is Shawn Otto day at UMM

We’re having a visit today from Shawn Lawrence Otto, a fellow who has been fighting against the un-American war on science on the web and in a book, Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America. He’s speaking on campus tonight at 7:30 Central, in the HFA Recital Hall — I urge local community members to show up, he has important things to say about education and climate change — and that talk is going to be streamed live, so all you distant strangers can also watch the show.

It was a little strange, though, to get messages from the university administration telling me I’m expected to go to dinner with him. It turns out, I’m in his book — there’s actually a substantial 4 or 5 page section in there where he discusses an interview he had with me (I’m getting old, and I’ve done so many interviews that they all bleed together), so I had to run out and get a copy of the book to find out what I was getting into. It all sounded a bit Chris Mooney-like.

Fortunately, the book is good — if the topic is a bit Mooneyish, it’s the Mooney of The Republican War on Science, and not the batty, Nisbet-bespelled Mooney of Unscientific America, and his stuff on me isn’t a hatchet job. Otto doesn’t come out and declare me the absolutely correct master of all I pontificate on (I’ll have to bend his ear and make suggestions for the second edition), but at least he recognizes that there are many different angles to take in fighting ignorance. You are allowed to read the book and listen to the talk without feeling outraged.

(Also on Sb)

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  1. 1
    Zeno

    Otto doesn’t come out and declare me the absolutely correct master of all I pontificate on

    Wow! Doesn’t that Otto guy recognize that Pharyngula is a cult and that you are its divine and infallible leader? Maybe if you issue a fatwa…

    Or release the flying monkeys.

  2. 2
    megs226

    I’d love to read that book. Just got to yank myself out of A Song of Ice and Fire first.

  3. 3
    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    You are allowed to read the book and listen to the talk without feeling outraged.

    Well if I can’t be outraged about it, why’d you even bring it up? I thought the whole point of this blog was to outrage your cultists to drive up pageviews.

    Man I was all fired up to be outraged about something and give you a bunch of pageviews too. Now I’m gonna have to give them to Greta.

  4. 4
    Therrin

    Web feed got quiet with the “fix” to audio from PowerPoint.

  5. 5
    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    Hope you had a nice dinner! Any bons mots?

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