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

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I had some misgivings about reading this book as I don't like self-congratulatory, biased reporting of any stripe. That's not the case. Mooney presents a well balanced and informative narrative on past and current research on the subject of political thought and decision making. He provides plenty of support for his theories with appropriate references, in case you'd like to read the I had some misgivings about reading this book as I don't like self-congratulatory, biased reporting of any stripe.

He provides plenty of support for his theories with appropriate references, in case you'd like to read the papers he discusses; I read two, Jost and Kipken.

His argument is well thought out and organized. The phrasing is not quite to my taste, at times he seems a bit "man on the street" and at others to be reaching. Read it if you'd like to understand why folks might still question Obama's birthplace, deny well supported and accepted scientific theories and use documents written by Bronze Age nomads to write 21st century laws.

Mar 27, Book rated it really liked it Shelves: neuroscience , science , politics-economics. This interesting book tackles the psychology behind the anti-science stance that is currently typical of the political right. Mooney does a wonderful job of establishing his thesis and uses the best current science to demonstrate the thinking behind the Republican brain.

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He presents a number of fascinating studies that enlighten our understanding of what differentiates a conservative from a liberal. By applying this understanding to political themes such as global warming, nuclear energy, history, social issues and others the reader will obtain newfound knowledge of what separates us and why.

The book is very interesting and worth reading but it feels rushed and seems incomplete.

This page book is composed of the following thirteen chapters: 1. Denying Minds, 2.

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Smart Idiots, 3. Political Personalities, 4. For God and Tribe, 5. Don't Get Defensive, 6. Are Conservatives from the Amygdala, 7.

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

A Tale of Two Republicans, 8. The Science of Fox News, 9. The Reality Gap, The Republican War on Economics, The Republican War on History, What the Frack Is True? And A Liberal Confronts New Data. Positives: 1.

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Well written, well researched book. Interesting topics. The science behind the Republican brain. One of the strengths of the author is to recognize his liberal bias but to remain grounded on the facts no matter where they lead him. He wisely allows the best current knowledge of science determine what is truthful. I like this author's writing style.

It's personable, accessible and grounded on sound science. Mooney writes with conviction and anticipates some of the objections to his findings. Surprisingly even handed. The author despite his well known biases makes every effort to be fair and he succeeds in my view. Covers a lot of interesting political hot buttons: abortion, homosexuality, global warming, evolution Tackles the level of psychology where political conservatives and liberals differentiate. Discusses in great deal his finding and the studies and arguments that support his position. Some thought-provoking questions, "Why do poor conservatives vote against their economic interests?


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Fascinating studies and interesting tidbits abound. Take the case study of Festinger and the seekers. Good use of neuroscience. The theory of motivated reasoning and how it applies. Some findings go against common knowledge. The Big Five Traits of personality and how it applies.


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The admirable traits of both political minds. The moral intuitions of conservatives and liberals. Openness and the liberal mind. Independents and their views. The funniest study of them all, alcohol and the brain. The amygdala and conservatism. A look at epigenetics. Is there a conservative gene? A liberal gene? Overall, Mooney does a good job of telling us what we do know and what do not know. Nature versus nurture. The left-right expertise imbalance. The most misinformed viewers??

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Easy one When do fetuses experience pain? Find out. The impact of ideologically reinforcing information. Informative chapters on the Republican war on economics and history. Liberal bias and how it is exemplified. Good stuff. The final chapter discusses a new study that includes conclusive and inconclusive data. Plenty of notes. Negatives: 1. I felt the book was released before the author was able to digest all of the studies. It seems rushed.

Conservatives will miss out on an interesting book.

The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science—and Reality by Chris C. Mooney

If some of these studies of this book are any indication, few conservatives will read this book. Too bad. Very few charts or illustrations that would have added value. Overall, the thesis needs more work. Republicans you can say were just as pro science as liberals up until Nixon's "Southern Strategy" and Reagan's catering to the religious right and in doing so the party took a turn that it hasn't recovered since then.

That being said, the main points of the thesis remain compelling and in general I'm in agreement. No direct Kindle links. In summary, the parts are better than the whole. The book is very interesting; it covers a lot of hot-button topics and uses the best current science available. Despite his clear liberal bias the author does a wonderful job of being fair as he is led by scientific facts. The author provides a number of fascinating studies that backs his main premise of his thesis but overall I felt the book was rushed and the author couldn't incorporate all his findings.

That being said, Chris Mooney writes with passion and conviction and is tackling a very interesting topic that is clearly limited by the infancy of neuroscience. I enjoyed the book it's a recommended read.