Author Chris Mooney on "The Science of Why We Don't Believe in Science"

We are pleased to announce that author and journalist Chris Mooney will be our August speaker.

In this talk, Mooney will describe the major findings from his last three years of reporting on the role of psychological factors in promoting science denial,with a focus on the all important subject of left-right differences in personality traits and the processing of information.

Mooney is the author of four books including the 2005 New York Times Best Seller, The Republican War on ScienceFrom Wikipedia: Mooney's writing focuses on subjects such as global warming and the creation–evolution controversy, and he has been described as “one of the few journalists in the country who specialize in the now dangerous intersection of science and politics.”

Mooney grew up in New Orleans. He attended Isidore Newman School before entering Yale University, where he graduated with a B.A. in English in 1999. His interest in science, and especially biology and the impact of Charles Darwin, was strongly influenced by his grandfather Gerald A. Cole,a biologist at Arizona State University and author of Textbook of Limnology,a noted book in the field. His mother, Sally, is a former board member of NOSHA, so we are very happy to claim Chris as one of us!

To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates. 

NEW: The gate will be locked, so you will need to look for a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot. 

For more information about this event, please check our website or contact [masked] 

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

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  • James C.

    As an atheist Libertarian, Chris gave me lots to think about. Great event, enjoyed it, and will definitely look forward to the next one!

    1 · August 18

  • Charlotte

    We hope that everyone enjoyed the presentation and learned a lot. There was a great crowd with a standing-room-only capacity! Many thanks for all of the continued interest and support for NOSHA programs.

    August 18

  • William S.

    A great success.

    1 · August 17

  • Audrey C.

    Loved it and it taught me a lot about how to communicate with my Republican friends.

    2 · August 16

  • Rose

    If you plan to purchase any of his books online in advance of his talk, please use the NOSHA Amazon affiliate link:

    2 · July 21

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