Centre for Inquiry

Centre for Inquiry

April 22, 2013 14:03 ET

Lecture-The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science...and Reality

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 22, 2013) - Visiting lecturer Chris Mooney will deliver a talk at U of T campus on the differences between conservative and liberal brains. His 2005 book "The Republican War on Science" drew criticism from many, and now the recent addition "The Republican Brain" claims that many political and social differences between liberals and conservatives may be hardwired in neurology.

Mooney's lecture draws from his recent writing on the "science of why they 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.

Lecture to be held at:

10 Kings College Road, Sandford Fleming Building, Room 1101

Friday, April 26th, 2013 - 7:00pm

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