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The battle lines are drawn

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Science  01 Jul 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6294, pp. 38
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf9243

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In his new book, The War on Science, Shawn Otto documents the modern clash between what he calls the "authoritarians" (governments, large corporations, and religious groups) and the "antiauthoritarians" (scientists and other liberal thinkers). Drawing on recent examples ranging from the evolution debate to vaccine skepticism, Otto describes the emergence of an antiscience movement whose focus is to disrupt the creation of evidence-based policy for the sake of preserving profitable business models or entrenched religious dogma.