The American Bear


[In his new book, The Republican Brain, Chris] Mooney discusses dozens of different experiments shedding light on how conservatives ‘motivated reasoning’ leads them astray, convincing them of what they’d like to believe rather than what is actually true. Many of these findings are particularly damning of conservative close-mindedness. Regarding Tea Party members, for example, one survey on global warming found that ‘not only were they the most factually incorrect, but they were also the most overconfident and close-minded, and least likely to want to inquire further’. 'The Republican Brain': Probing the limits of Left and Right