Chris Mooney (journalist)
September 20, 1977 |
Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
Mooney was born in Mesa, Arizona, and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his B.A. in English from Yale University in 1999, and has been a member of the board of the American Geophysical Union since November 2010.
Mooney has been described as, "one of the few journalists in the country who specialize in the now dangerous intersection of science and politics." He is a senior correspondent for The American Prospect and a contributing editor for Science Progress. He maintains a blog, The Intersection, with Sheril Kirshenbaum. Originally hosted by Discover magazine, the blog moved to Science Progress in 2011. Mooney also maintained a blog Doubt and About for the magazine Skeptical Inquirer, last contributing in 2006.
Mooney has written or coauthored four books which have received significant attention. The Republican War on Science received mixed to positive reviews. A review in Scientific American described it as well-researched and closely argued. It was praised by Stuart Derbyshire who noted it's explanation of Republican manipulation and twisting of science to suppress scientific opinions that might damage President Bush's policies. Derbyshire agreed with Mooney that this "violates the integrity of science."
Storm World was written after Mooney witnessed the devastation of his mother's house in Hurricane Katrina. Thomas Hayden wrote in the Los Angeles Times that Mooney deftly handled the complexity of the questions surrounding global warming and its effect on hurricanes while weaving an intriguing and important story. A review in The New York Times Book Review called it "a well-researched, nuanced book" but criticized it's organization and lack of "pizazz".
Writing about The Republican Brain in The New York Times Paul Krugman stated that Mooney makes a good point: the personality traits associated with modern conservatism, particularly a lack of openness, make the modern Republican Party hostile to the idea of objective inquiry.
Unscientific America cowritten with Sheril Kirshenbaum addressed scientific illiteracy in America. It was a New York Times best seller and received substantial critical attention. A favorable review in Science Communication anticipated controversy. Less favorable reviews in the BMJ and the New Scientist supported the authors' analysis of the problem but were critical of the solutions proposed. American Scientist and Science published negative reviews.
Mooney has written about issues in communicating science to the public in the The Washington Post. He is the author of a report which reviews an ongoing exploration of the subject by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences titled, "Do Scientists Understand the Public?"
He has contributed to a variety of publications, including Slate, Salon.com, Mother Jones, Legal Affairs, Reason, The American Scholar, The Washington Monthly, the Utne Reader, Columbia Journalism Review, the Washington City Paper and The Boston Globe.
Recurring topics in Mooney's writing include global warming, the creation–evolution controversy, bioethics, alternative medicine, pollution, separation of church and state, and the government funding of education, research, and environmental protection.
- The Republican War on Science. Basic Books. 2005. ISBN 0465046762.
- Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2007. ISBN 9780151012879.
- —; Kirshenbaum, Sheril (2009). Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future . Basic Books. ISBN 9780465013050.
- The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science — and Reality. Wiley. 2012. ISBN 978-1118094518.
Articles and reports
- "If scientists want to educate the public, they should start by listening". The Washington Post (op-ed). 27 June 2010.
- Do Scientists Understand the Public?. Cambridge, MA: American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 2010. ISBN 0877240868.
From 2009 to 2010, Mooney was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Only 10 to 12 journalists from the U.S. and around the world are accepted for such a fellowship per year.
From 2010 to 2013, Mooney served as one of the hosts of the Center for Inquiry podcast Point of Inquiry. Mooney, co-host Indre Viskontas, and producer Adam Isaak, announced their resignation in June, 2013. The first episode of the new podcast, Inquiring Minds, was released in September 2013.
- American Geophysical Union (AGU) (15 November 2010). "AGU Board adds new members with expertise in science policy and communication" (Press release). Retrieved 2014-04-24.
- Rensenberger, Boyce (24 September 2005). "Science abuse". Scientific American (book review). Retrieved 2014-04-24.
- Mooney, Chris; Kirshenbaum, Sheril (4 October 2008). This is Your Brain on Politics (biographical note). Beyond Belief: Candles in the Dark. The Science Network.
- State University of New York at Purchase (7 January 2011). "Speakers for Science in Modern World lecture series announced". US Fed News Service, Including US State News. Retrieved 2014-04-24 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (. ))
- Mooney, Chris. "The Intersection Has Officially Moved to Science Progress". The Intersection (blog). Discover. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
- "Special Articles — Doubt and About". csicop.org. Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
- Davidson, Keay (18 September 2005). "Research and the right". The Washington Post (book review). Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- Horgan, John (18 December 2005). "Political Science". The New York Times (book review). Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- Derbyshire, Stuart (28 November 2005). "Bush isn't the only one who's anti-science". Spiked (book review). Archived from the original on 2012-01-06.
- "Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming". Publishers Weekly. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
- Hayden, Thomas (15 July 2007). "Category 5; Storm World Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming Chris Mooney Harcourt: 392 pp., $26". Los Angeles Times (home ed.). p. R8.
- Margonelli, Lisa (1 July 2007). "Wild is the wind". The New York Times Book Review. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- Krugman, Paul (19 November 2012). "Views differ on age of planet". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
- Tenenbaum, D. J. (2010). "Book Review: Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum. New York: Basic Books, 2009. 209 pp". Science Communication 32: 132. doi:10.1177/1075547009359802.
- Colquhoun, D. (2009). "Trust me, I'm a scientist". BMJ 339: b3658. doi:10.1136/bmj.b3658.
- Giles, Jim (8 August 2009). "Review: Unscientific America by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum". New Scientist (2720). (subscription required (. ))
- Miller, Jon D. (November–December 2009). "A thin broth". American Scientist (book review) 97 (6). p. 509. doi:10.1511/2009.81.509. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- Coyne, Jerry (2009). "Selling Science". Books et al. Science 325 (5941): 678. doi:10.1126/science.1179131.
- Johnson, Kate (1 June 2010). "Exploring diversity and common ground in medical communication: From bench to bedside to breakfast news-eliminating roadblocks on the continuum of medical communication". American Medical Writers Association Journal – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (. ))
- Revkin, Andrew C. (29 June 2010). "Scientists from Mars face public from Venus". Dot Earth. The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
- "Past Visitors — The Center for Collaborative History: Chris Mooney, Spring 2009". princeton.edu. The Center for Collaborative History: The Department of History: Princeton University. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
- "The Republican War on Science by Chris Mooney: About the Author". waronscience.com. Basic Books. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
- "Author Bios: Chris Mooney", The Nation
- 2009–10 Knight Fellows
- Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT
- Chris C. Mooney. "The Rumors of My Fellowship Have Been Greatly Accurate".
- "Chris Mooney-Accommodationism and the Psychology of Belief". Point of Inquiry. 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
- "Point of Inquiry Team Resigns, Launches New Show with Mother Jones". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- Inquiring Minds on Facebook. "Inquiring Minds Podcast". Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "The Intersection with Chris Mooney", column at Science Progress.
- "Diagnosing the Republican Brain" by Chris Mooney, Mother Jones, March 30, 2012.
- "The Republican Brain on the Republican Brain" by Chris Mooney, Truthout, April 20, 2012.
- "Why the GOP distrusts science" by Chris Mooney, Salon, April 2, 2012.
- "Chris Mooney Dissects the Republican Brain" by Thorne Webb Dreyer, The Rag Blog, May 11, 2012. Includes podcast of Thorne Dreyer's May 4, 2012, Rag Radio interview with Chris Mooney (56:37).
- "Inside the Political Brain" by Chris Mooney, The Atlantic, May 1, 2012.
- "Climate Change's Myths and Facts" by Chris Mooney, The Washington Post, March 21, 2009.
- Chris Mooney's blog at DeSmogBlog.