The Republican Brain

The Republican Brain

The Science of Why They Deny Science-- and Reality

Book - 2012
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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.

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2012.
ISBN: 9781118094518
Branch Call Number: 320.5209 MOONEY
Characteristics: viii, 327 p. ; 25 cm.


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xaipe Sep 30, 2012

I have often been puzzled as to why some people reject so many findings of science, economics, and history and insist that their own contradictory ideas are valid. This book uses current psychological findings to examine why this is and what the real, scientific reasons are behind their beliefs. Why do some people vote against their own self-interests? Why do they ignore facts in favor of compelling evidence to the contrary? Author Chris Mooney 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, but it’s much more than that. This meticulously researched book is certain to spark heated discussions and debate whichever side you are on.

voisjoe1 Aug 17, 2012

This book explores the difference between the minds of conservatives and liberals. Conservatives tend to believe society should be highly structured and ordered (for example in terms of gender, class, and race) and individualistic, while liberals tend to be egalitarian and communitarian. Each tends to stick to their preset beliefs, but liberals are somewhat more ready to change their minds. The study of the mind is currently undergoing incredible progress to explain why we believe what we believe and the book shows why it is currently so hard to bridge the divide between today's conservatives and liberals.


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