THE REPUBLICAN BRAIN The Science of Why They Deny Science—and Reality by Chris Mooney

If your mind and personality traits are products of your brain, and the traits are a corollary of a political preference, then, Chris suggests your biology will determine your political persuasion:  if you crave certainty and are punctilious, most likely you are a conservative; conversely, if have a proclivity for novelty, and are open minded, decisively driven by scientific facts, you’re probably leaning left liberal.

There is a growing body of evidence from brain scans, polls, psychology experiments to explain why conservatives believe more wrong things, oppose new ideas, less likely to change their beliefs in the face of new facts, and sometimes respond to compelling evidence by doubling down on their current perceptions; which, can be partial explicated by psychological phenomenon motivated reasoning. This conjecture suggests that one’s tendentious cognitive framing prefers only evidence that backs up their beliefs. Analyzing compilations of polemical arguments exhorts that liberal and conservatives don’t just have differing ideologies, they have different psychologies.

How could the rejection of mainstream science be growing among GOP, along with the denial of expert consensus on the economy, American history, and foreign policy: Apparently, the answer appears to be, it’s just part of who they are