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The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science - and Reality | [Chris Mooney]

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

Best-selling 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?
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Best-selling 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.

Chris Mooney is the best-selling author of The Republican War on Science, the host of the Point of Inquiry podcast, and the author of The Intersection blog for Science Progress. He has written several books, as well as articles for Mother Jones, American Prospect, Harper’s, Washington Post, USA Today, and Slate. He has appeared on The Last Word, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Book TV, Science Friday, Morning Joe, and Fresh Air, among other programs.

©2012 Chris Mooney (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Mooney has bravely tackled a gigantic and complex topic.” (The Washington Post on The Republican War on Science)

"Nothing short of a landmark in contemporary political reporting.” (Salon on The Republican War on Science)

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    "Most dishonest author on science and reality"
    What would have made The Republican Brain better?

    What the author essentially argues is that when Democrats disagree with Republicans and won't support the Republicans policies, they are idiots. Hitler tried these tactics in the late 1930s defining Jews and dissidents as rats.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Mooney again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about William Hughes’s performance?

    The reader was very good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Republican Brain?

    99.3% of his biased words.


    Any additional comments?

    What the author essentially argues is that when Democrats disagree with Republicans and won't support the Republicans policies, they, the Republicans, are idiots. One of his many beyond-idiot examples? Well, the author not once looked at reality, but based his scientific analogies, by stating on page 87 that 52% to 44% agreed with Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" and other computer models, showing the Earth will end about four years now, instead of merely looking out the window. Hence, the Republicans are extremists out to destroy America, if we don't buy carbon credits. Considering Obamacare the author never mentioned the fact that several polls show a majority of Americans to be against the Affordable Care Act, not only during the debate prior to its passage, but even today 3+ years after its passage. So if those Republicans take the same position as a majority of Americans, how can they be extremists? Conclusion, the author contents Republicans are the threat to America. Here the author is that cheap, and intellectually dishonest. It's no wonder his book was endorsed by Salon, The Washington Post, and even the New York Times' silly comment the book is . . . "a vitally important topic and gets it basically right." Hitler tried these tactics in the late 1930s defining Jews and dissidents as rats.

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