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The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science- and Reality
The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science- and Reality
by Chris Mooney
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.97
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mooney is onto something here..., April 8, 2012
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The title "Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality" guarantees Republicans won't take kindly to it - as evidence by the negative reviews suddenly pouring in from people who have not read the book beyond the book jacket. The science of Chris Mooney's "Republican Brain" is hard to deny, and has disturbing implications for both the right - who would benefit from learning precisely why it is their party is so prone to running off a cliff - and the left whom assumes more information and education necessarily means the truth and facts will win out.

I think on average, it is the liberal ideal of Enlightenment that takes the biggest blow here, and it is those who put their faith in reason who will find their most basic assumptions undermined by the very science and reason they most value. Mooney demonstrates that, contrary to liberal assumptions, the more educated and knowledgeable a person of a particular worldview, the MORE LIKELY they are to believe Obama is a Muslim or distrust the overwhelming consensus of climate change. The fact that more liberals aren't impulsively trying to deny this attests to both how well documented Mooney's argument is, and of the basic differences in approach between both conservatives and liberals. One with an empirical worldview who wants to study and find the truth, and are constantly questioning their own biases will read this book and find themselves having to reconsider their views of the world.If they are like me, that is precisely why they read: to be convinced to see the world in different way that you did before. One who buys this book to tell them what they want to hear and reconfirm what they already believe are precisely the kind of people this book attempts to understand. And he does a very convincing job of showing both why they will attack it with bad reviews, and not read it.

Those whom have a tendency toward more black-and-white tribalism will review this book without having read it, with arguments that one wouldn't need to refute because they are already dealt with in these very pages, if they had bothered to look. But such a person would not read this book for the very reason this book lays out so well: because they fear the arguments inside may very well be convincing, and challenge the assumptions they hold dear.And as such, might convince others, and therefore must be shut down.

Regardless of party affiliation, anyone with a scientific approach to finding truth and enough faith in the soundness of their views would want to have their position challenged by the evidence laid out here to see if the case is persuasive. Those inclined to have a more favorable view of science would have no fear, and in fact welcome a persuasive argument that might bring them a little closer to understanding the partisan divide and the effects of the diversification of media that allow those who want to live in a bubble to shut out all disloyal information streams.

If you're curious about what sorts of people are most prone to be antagonistic to alternative views, one could read the well-documented research Mooney cites. Or simply take a look at those who are attacking this book without even the most basic familiarity with what it actually says - all attestations to the contrary.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Last sentence cut off..., January 15, 2008

I noticed that the last couple sentences were cut from the end of my excerpt, so here they are:

"Sometimes, Sue would come down the stairs with her hair all messed up, wearing a lace and satin camisole and tell them they'd stayed up too late and she had trouble sleeping with the TV on. His father would rise then, making flapping-mouth motions with his hand and wander up to the bedroom after her.

"And sometimes, much later, when Will was sleeping in the guest room down the hall, he'd hear his father's screams. Not of fear, exactly, or even anger. Just an air-raid siren that held over the room like lead, and Will would return to the plane with his father, drifting over the ocean, spotting islands and the people below, as the siren trickled down into sobs and Sue's voice whispering, almost singing, 'It's all right, John. It's okay.'"

The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought
The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought
by John Gibson
Edition: Hardcover
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72 of 120 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do these people read?, October 20, 2005
Sometimes I wonder. I mean, if they read this, they couldn't possibly believe it. Then again, I guess the sort of person this appeals to isn't really driven by facts or the power of the argument, but on whether or not confirms their biases.

The Republican War on Science
The Republican War on Science
by Chris Mooney
Edition: Hardcover
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333 of 387 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important and balanced book, August 30, 2005
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Mooney does a good job at meticulously showing the politicization of science by both sides, but as the title shows, he refuses to make the common journalistic mistake of imposing "false balance" where it is not warranted. Just as you wouldn't say, "people differ on roundness of the Earth", Mooney has the courage and the wherewithall to call a spade a spade - and he doesn't ask you to take his word for it.

The facts are here for anyone with eyes to see. The "perfect storm" of anti-regulatory conservatives and fundamentalist Christians have combined to wage a unified war against science with a vengeance that the disorganized "frankenfood" liberals can only dream of.

Mooney's objective, scientific approach to making his case only makes his partisan conclusions that much more compelling and impossible to deny. In this war of reason vs. ideology, Mooney plants himself firmly on the side of reason, while always being fair. After reading his book, anyone who values science and critical thinking will do the same.
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