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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not as offensive as the title would suggest, July 3, 2012
This review is from: The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science--and Reality (Kindle Edition)
Mooney makes an achingly thorough study of psychological, neurological, and genetic studies of political preference, bias, and reasoning. While the title correctly suggests his personal bias, Mooney not only looks at the psychology of conservative thinking, but also discusses the psychology and neuroscience behind liberal thinking. According to Mooney both have their usefulness and pitfalls, though ultimately he implies that liberal thinking is more useful and conservative thinking has more pitfalls.

The writing is very accessible, and Mooney does an excellent job explaining the science and social science behind the studies. He also works hard to make the linkages between his evidence and conclusions clear.

My main concern is what we're to do with this information. Mooney makes some very general suggestions about how to deal with the psychology of reasoning but offers nothing concrete. That would be the next step for the project.
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