October--The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science--and Reality

  • October 7, 2012 · 5:00 PM
Bestselling author Chris Mooney uses cutting-edge research to explain the psychology behind why today’s Republicans reject reality—it's just part of who they are.

From climate change to evolution, the rejection of mainstream science among Republicans is growing, as is the denial of expert consensus on the economy, American history, foreign policy and much more. Why won't Republicans accept things that most experts agree on? Why are they constantly fighting against the facts?

Science writer Chris Mooney explores brain scans, polls, and psychology experiments to explain why conservatives today believe more wrong things; appear more likely than Democrats to oppose new ideas and less likely to change their beliefs in the face of new facts; and sometimes respond to compelling evidence by doubling down on their current beliefs.

  • Goes beyond the standard claims about ignorance or corporate malfeasance to discover the real, scientific reasons why Republicans reject the widely accepted findings of mainstream science, economics, and history—as well as many undeniable policy facts (e.g., there were no “death panels” in the health care bill).
  • Explains that the political parties reflect personality traits and psychological needs—with Republicans more wedded to certainty, Democrats to novelty—and this is the root of our divide over reality.
  • Written by the author of The Republican War on Science, which was the first and still the most influential book to look at conservative rejection of scientific evidence. But the rejection of science is just the beginning…

Certain to spark discussion and debate, The Republican Brain also promises to add to the lengthy list of persuasive scientific findings that Republicans reject and deny.

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  • Gary B.

    Hello...Chris Mooney will be speaking on this topic at a free meetingSaturday Dec. 1 2-4 at Wheaton Library. See
    http://www.facebook.com/events/173970549413578/

    November 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the nice conversation. As I said I am new to the area and this book group interested me. Next time I'll have read the whole book though.. I just found the group the other day and only got partway through it. Thanks again, Barb

    October 7, 2012

    • Gary B.

      Nice meeting you Barbara and hope to see U at future meetings.

      October 8, 2012

    • Gary B.

      BTW, if people want to see and hear Chris Mooney who speak at a meeting I have organized at Wheaton MD Regional Library, Saturday Dec.1 2-4 pm as part for the Washington Area Secular Humanist chapter. Chris will be speaking post-election on the type of things in his book. You can get a sense of our speakers from our recent one - go to http://www.facebook.c...­

      October 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    So far so good.

    October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still has not get the book from the library. Anyone finished so I can borrow the book? Thanks

    September 19, 2012

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