[Toronto, ON] Chris Mooney: “The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Don’t Believe in Science”
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Mooney's lecture draws from his recent writing on the "science of why we don't believe science," focusing on research that conflicts with our political and personal views. Mooney reviews evidence suggesting liberals and conservatives are, in aggregate, fundamentally different people -- differing in personalities, psychological needs, even brain structures. He considers the effects these differences have on processing information, especially information about science that has political implications, and explains why understanding cognitive differences between liberals and conservatives is essential to building a civil society with policies grounded in reality and reason.
Chris Mooney is a science and political journalist, blogger, podcaster, experienced trainer of scientists in the art of communication, and the host of Climate Desk Live. He is the author of four books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science. He is also co-host of the popular podcast Point of Inquiry.