REFLECTING ON THE 2015 CILIP CONFERENCE
Written by Martin Mullin, Head of UK Acquisitions. CILIP is the Chartered […]
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From climate change to evolution to even the Theory of Relativity, 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 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 explanations of 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 obvious policy facts (e.g., there were no "death panels" in the health care bill)Explains that people are born with a number of psychological traits, and they tend to gravitate to the party that satisfies those traits--like certainty for Republicans and novelty for DemocratsWritten 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
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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