LOS ANGELES, CA, April 9, 2012 – Science reporter and bestselling author Chris Mooney will talk about his new book, The Republican Brain, The Science of Why They Deny Science – and Reality, at UCLA School of Law, Monday April 16, 2012, 12:10 to 1:30 p.m., Room 1457.
In The Republican Brain, Mooney uses cutting-edge research to explain the psychology behind today’s Republican rejection of reality, from climate change to evolution.
Mooney explores brain scans, polls and psychology experiments to explain why Republicans appear to be more likely than Democrats to oppose new ideas and less likely to change their beliefs in the face of new facts, sometimes responding to compelling evidence by doubling down on their current beliefs.
He goes on to explain that political parties reflect personality traits and psychological needs—Republicans are more wedded to certainty and Democrats to novelty. According to Mooney, this is the root of our divide over reality.
Chris Mooney is the best-selling author of The Republic 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.
The UCLA School of Law Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment is dedicated to studying and advancing law and policy solutions to the climate change crisis, working closely with other leading UCLA law and environmental programs and faculty to study the scope of these issues and generate new findings to further educate the public about climate change concerns.
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