The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science--And Reality (Hardcover)

The Science of Why They Deny Science--And Reality

By Chris Mooney

Wiley (TP), 9781118094518, 327pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2012



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.

About the Author

Chris Mooney is the bestselling 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. In addition to three books, in the past he has written for "Mother Jones," the "American Prospect," "Harper's," the "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.