Unscientific America is a nonfiction book that was written by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum. In the book, the two authors tackle the problem of scientific illiteracy in America. They blame both science and society alike for the increasing gap, and they offer compromises[clarification needed] that will likely improve the problem.[clarification needed] They blame the New Atheist movement, the creation–evolution controversy, the entertainment industry, the media, and science skeptics.
The journal Science Communication gave the book a favourable review, noting that the arguments presented "may make the Ph.D. crowd even more cranky than usual." Indeed, the book did spark significant debate particularly on-line. Seed magazine selected Unscientific America as one to "read now" although it was subsequently more critical of certain aspects of the book. The BMJ, while supporting the authors' assessment of the problem, was critical of the proposed solution. It said that the book sometimes "reads like an overlong and somewhat condescending whine about why science and scientists are not sufficiently appreciated." The New Scientist was similarly supportive of the description of the problem while being critical of the solution arguing that "by looking only at science, Unscientific America misses the big picture." American Scientist called it "at best, a thin and unsatisfying broth." Science was also critical calling the book "slight in both length and substance" and the analysis it contains "shallow and unreflective". This review was itself criticised by Professor Marcus of Baylor College of Medicine, who called it "a dismissive rant that misrepresents the text." PZ Myers, who was criticised in the book, stated in his review that "It's not a badly written book, but it's something worse: it's utterly useless."
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- Donald M. Marcus. "A Path to Selling Science". Science.
- PZ Myers. "Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future". Pharyngula. Retrieved 1 January 2011.