Even within subjects, liberals and conservatives read very different books. Among the biology books read by liberals was The Greatest Show on Earth: the evidence for evolution by Richard Dawkins, with conservatives opting more for The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design by Jonathan Wells. In the field of astronomy, conservatives might go for God and the Astronomers by Robert Jastrow, with liberals favouring Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot."You could say that liberals were a bit more interested in science for its own sake. Conservatives seem somewhat more interested in science where there is a conservative political alignment," said Macy, whose study appears in Nature Human Behaviour.
Dinosaurs are literally the worst
I know it's unfounded, but when I hear about conservatives interests in science books, including criminology (makes sense), medicine (makes sense) and geophysics (?), and when they mention that one of the "science" books conservatives may go for is "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design" by Jonathan Wells, I can't help but wonder what their criteria is.Just wondering if there's a bunch of flud geology in the list.