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.
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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This is a great book for the liberal wanting to learn how a Republican thinks. Makes you feel sorry for Republicans.
How can something be considered factual, when it is based on data that has been falsified? Actually, many skeptics have no problem believing the earth is warming; the earth heats (global thaws) and cools in cycles (ice ages) and it has been hotter than it is now. What is questioned is whether mankind is the cause of what is alleged to be happening today. Naturally, these same silly people also disagree with the notion that if people would stop exhaling and if cows would stop farting the planet could be saved. I guess next, I'll be expected to believe that there was a real ship named Titanic and it sunk a long time ago after hitting an iceberg. If only global warming had killed that iceberg, Leonardo Di Caprio would still be alive today. Curses!!
The Truth Hurts!
I doubt the negative reviewers read the book. More likely than not they are more of the same stooges that call progressive talk radio posing as ordinary callers to extol the radical views of the freaky right wing! I did read the book and it is fascinating account of why certain persons cling to their delusional, often extreme views despite overwhelming, scientific evidence to the contrary. Using cutting edge medical technology the author provides the reader in a concise way the scientific reasons why republicans believe in lies and half truths. Well worth the price.