I finally received my copy of Chris Mooney's new book, The Republican War on Science. Chris is a longtime blogger at The Intersection, now also blogging at ScienceGate. I guess you can figure out from the title what the book is about. Here's what Neal Lane says on the back cover:
A careful reading of this well-researched and richly referenced work should remove any doubt that, at the highest levels of government, ideology is being advanced in the name of science, at great disservice to the American people.
Lane was the White House Science Advisor under Clinton, as well as former director of the National Science Foundation, so he knows what he's talking about. I'll wait until I've actually read the book to offer any opinions. The funny thing to me was a few months ago, when I was told that I'd be receiving a complimentary media-review copy of the book. I figured it must have been some kind of mistake; I'm not the media, I'm a highly-trained expert to whom the media comes when they want deep insights into the important cosmological issues of the day. But no, apparently I am now the media (or at least part of it), thanks to this blogging thing. I feel tawdry somehow, but I suppose one gets used to it. (Some of my best friends are in the media.)