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(Salon)   Scientists study differences in the brains of liberals and conservatives, and reach the same conclusions most of us on the Politics tab have already known for years   (salon.com) divider line 193
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2013-09-16 10:16:52 AM
Conservatives' primary motivation is fear? I hadn't noticed!
 
2013-09-16 11:03:26 AM
FTFA:   conservatives tend to view human nature as competitive, while liberals are more prone to perceiving human nature as cooperative.

It's a conundrum.  Both competition and cooperation are necessary.
 
2013-09-16 11:15:08 AM

lantawa: FTFA:   conservatives tend to view human nature as competitive, while liberals are more prone to perceiving human nature as cooperative.

It's a conundrum.  Both competition and cooperation are necessary.


And that leads to moderation

/which cannot be accepted under any circumstances these days, it seems
 
2013-09-16 11:23:35 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: lantawa: FTFA:   conservatives tend to view human nature as competitive, while liberals are more prone to perceiving human nature as cooperative.

It's a conundrum.  Both competition and cooperation are necessary.

And that leads to moderation

/which cannot be accepted under any circumstances these days, it seems


More or less, true.  Strange days...I'm confused, but balance the confusion with generic reasonableness.
 
2013-09-16 11:52:22 AM

lantawa: MaudlinMutantMollusk: lantawa: FTFA:   conservatives tend to view human nature as competitive, while liberals are more prone to perceiving human nature as cooperative.

It's a conundrum.  Both competition and cooperation are necessary.

And that leads to moderation

/which cannot be accepted under any circumstances these days, it seems

More or less, true.  Strange days...I'm confused, but balance the confusion with generic reasonableness.


As with all things, striking an appropriate balance between opposing forces is key.
 
2013-09-16 11:55:05 AM
"And, as you can see here, nearly 94% of the conservative male's brain is interchangeable with images from the film 'Backside to the Future,' specifically where Marty, George, Biff and *especially* Mayor Goldie are kidnapped by the Doc for experiments"
 
2013-09-16 11:58:20 AM
Summing up the article in single sentences for the mentally challenged (you know who you are):

Conservatives: The world revolves around me.

Liberals: The world revolves around us.

Moderates: We all ride on the world as it revolves around the Sun.
 
2013-09-16 12:04:23 PM

make me some tea: Conservatives' primary motivation is fear? I hadn't noticed!


And they seem to get off on it.

While the subjects viewed the images, the scientists monitored their skin conductance to measure fear (arousal causes tiny amounts of perspiration, which alter how well electricity flows across the body's surface).
 
2013-09-16 12:08:05 PM
So, the question is, do conservatives and liberals think differently because of how their brain functions? Or do their brains function differently because they think differently? Meaning, are people born to be inherently persuaded by one philosophy, or does it depend on specific conditioning through life experience?

Disclaimer: I only skimmed the article.
 
2013-09-16 12:16:51 PM

AirForceVet: Summing up the article in single sentences for the mentally challenged (you know who you are):

Conservatives: The world revolves around me.

Liberals: The world revolves around us.

Moderates: We all ride on the world as it revolves around the Sun.


Hippies: We all live in a yellow submarine.
 
2013-09-16 12:19:16 PM

Car_Ramrod: So, the question is, do conservatives and liberals think differently because of how their brain functions? Or do their brains function differently because they think differently? Meaning, are people born to be inherently persuaded by one philosophy, or does it depend on specific conditioning through life experience?

Disclaimer: I only skimmed the article.


I think this answers that:

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2013-09-16 12:25:49 PM

lantawa: FTFA:   conservatives tend to view human nature as competitive, while liberals are more prone to perceiving human nature as cooperative.

It's a conundrum.  Both competition and cooperation are necessary.


I wonder how much goes back to Marx's theory of history in terms of thinking competition is something humanity can rise above.
 
2013-09-16 12:30:37 PM
There is another article about this:

www.newscientist.com
(Conservative brain)
 
2013-09-16 12:32:35 PM

UberDave: AirForceVet: Summing up the article in single sentences for the mentally challenged (you know who you are):

Conservatives: The world revolves around me.

Liberals: The world revolves around us.

Moderates: We all ride on the world as it revolves around the Sun.

Hippies: We all live in a yellow submarine.


Trippers: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
 
2013-09-16 12:47:58 PM
Conservative: An obese, society isolated, white man who's afraid of change
 
2013-09-16 12:50:11 PM
Conservative males are the ones you see totally baked by the sun at the beach. Every time.
They won't use sunscreen because it says "apply liberally" on the bottle.
 
2013-09-16 12:50:55 PM
Headline says "brain", but TFA has a picture of Dubya.  Help??
 
2013-09-16 12:52:42 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: Conservative: An obese, society isolated, white man who's afraid of change


If that's the opposition, I guess demlibs have nothing to worry/complain about, right? So what's with all the worry/complaining about cons on Fark.com?
 
2013-09-16 12:53:07 PM

sprawl15: lantawa: FTFA:   conservatives tend to view human nature as competitive, while liberals are more prone to perceiving human nature as cooperative.

It's a conundrum.  Both competition and cooperation are necessary.

I wonder how much goes back to Marx's theory of history in terms of thinking competition is something humanity can rise above.


Yes, I really don't want to  be insulting but it seems conservatives have fully accepted their silly reptilian brain while liberals have risen above it. See also "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Kohlberg%27s_stages_of_moral_d ev elopment " and how conservatives sense of morality rarely goes above the 2nd stage.
 
2013-09-16 12:54:09 PM
mgoblog.com

This thread should go well.
 
2013-09-16 12:54:46 PM
Don't we get this same article every three weeks or so?  How many scientists does it take to study the political brain?
 
2013-09-16 12:59:43 PM

Car_Ramrod: So, the question is, do conservatives and liberals think differently because of how their brain functions? Or do their brains function differently because they think differently? Meaning, are people born to be inherently persuaded by one philosophy, or does it depend on specific conditioning through life experience?

Disclaimer: I only skimmed the article.


We know it starts to show up by age 1.  Forgive my inability to locate the article, but easily scared babies are more likely to be conservatives.
 
2013-09-16 01:00:02 PM
You see, conservatives like me think with our hearts.  That's why we cry for the babies killed by abortion, why we are ever vigilant for threats from evildoers, and why we tear up at the sight of Old Glory.

Libs think with their heads.  They are like "women who can't afford to raise a child should get an abortion".

It's pretty obvious.  They just don't have big hearts like us True Conservatives.
 
2013-09-16 01:00:14 PM

Soup4Bonnie: Don't we get this same article every three weeks or so?  How many scientists does it take to study the political brain?


We need as many as we can muster.  And those scientists will need to be supplied with brain samples.  Lots of them.  A sample size of a 535 or so would probably be pretty helpful:)
 
2013-09-16 01:00:19 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: lantawa: FTFA:   conservatives tend to view human nature as competitive, while liberals are more prone to perceiving human nature as cooperative.

It's a conundrum.  Both competition and cooperation are necessary.

And that leads to moderation

/which cannot be accepted under any circumstances these days, it seems


The problem is this: moderation is a cooperative attitude.  In order to concede points, one must recognize that the opposition has something of worth to bring to the table.  In a sufficiently-competitive mindset, the opposition cannot be acknowledged as having anything worth bringing to the table.

So you end up with one side trying to cooperate (willing to concede some of the cooperative nature for a competitive one) but the other side demanding that "cooperation" means "you give me everything I want."

Which is pretty much exactly how Congress is working at the moment.  Or, "not working", as the case may be.  The far-right is basically of the opinion that "bipartisan" means "we get everything, you get nothing", and they're shutting down the entire process as a consequence.  They won't even cooperate with their own leadership.
 
2013-09-16 01:00:42 PM
So, Conservatives are negative nancies who are heavily imprinted on the bio-survival (reptilian) circuit of the brain? Didn't we already know this?
 
2013-09-16 01:06:27 PM

Aristocles: DarkSoulNoHope: Conservative: An obese, society isolated, white man who's afraid of change

If that's the opposition, I guess demlibs have nothing to worry/complain about, right? So what's with all the worry/complaining about cons on Fark.com?


Says the man afraid to take a step forward.
 
2013-09-16 01:07:53 PM

make me some tea: Conservatives' primary motivation is fear? I hadn't noticed!


That's why they keep watching the neighborhood.
 
2013-09-16 01:08:56 PM
 
2013-09-16 01:09:31 PM

AirForceVet: Summing up the article in single sentences for the mentally challenged (you know who you are):

Conservatives: The world revolves around me.

Liberals: The world revolves around us.

Moderates: We all ride on the world as it revolves around the Sun.


Yes, 2+2 must equal 4.5, that makes sense.
 
2013-09-16 01:09:44 PM
FTFA:

"Barack Obama then assumed office, bringing a liberal administration to the White House. "

When did this happen?
 
2013-09-16 01:10:46 PM
You know someone's a Republican when they believe in social Darwinism but not regular Darwinism.
 
2013-09-16 01:11:35 PM
Ahhh Salon. The bastion of professional journalism. I'm sure no facts have been altered or left out of this report.
 
2013-09-16 01:12:33 PM

make me some tea: Conservatives' primary motivation is fear? I hadn't noticed!


Obviously this means that it is in fact Liberals who are motivated by fear.
 
2013-09-16 01:13:03 PM

jjorsett: Ahhh Salon. The bastion of professional journalism. I'm sure no facts have been altered or left out of this report.


Conservative too lazy to identify particular objections to facts, still expects everyone to fall in line and agree.  Business as usual.
 
2013-09-16 01:13:33 PM

Car_Ramrod: So, the question is, do conservatives and liberals think differently because of how their brain functions? Or do their brains function differently because they think differently? Meaning, are people born to be inherently persuaded by one philosophy, or does it depend on specific conditioning through life experience?

Disclaimer: I only skimmed the article.


From TFA:
If an MRI scan reveals differences between the brains of liberals and conservatives, we cannot be sure whether nature or nurture is ultimately responsible. Brain differences could be innate or environmentally acquired or both. But the physiological fear responses in this "spider" experiment depend on sweat; and the sweat glands are controlled by the sympathetic nervous system, which isinvoluntary.

So, I guess the answer is we don't know. Could be either one or a combo of both.
 
2013-09-16 01:13:45 PM

Car_Ramrod: So, the question is, do conservatives and liberals think differently because of how their brain functions? Or do their brains function differently because they think differently? Meaning, are people born to be inherently persuaded by one philosophy, or does it depend on specific conditioning through life experience?

Disclaimer: I only skimmed the article.


My in laws are all ultra conservative (FIL, MIL, and BIL) but my wife is fairly moderate. She still sips on some of the derpy Kool-Aid that she was raised with from time to time but for the most part she is very reasonable about politics. In fact, in today's political climate she is downright liberal.

Why is this? I think she developed her own identity. Her brother is the "favorite one" from both parents. I don't think it is rebellion either because when we met, she was still a registered republican. I think her degree has something to with. Having a health science degree and being raised very catholic really has you question your values for right or wrong.

I really think your political views are very environmental. I'm one of 3 kids born to a liberal mom and a conservative dad. I'm by far the most liberal in my family. My brother listens to Hannity and even though he is a RINO for the most part.. well.. Hannity. My sis is apolitical but the crazy GOP anti-woman stuff of 2012 pushed her to vote for more Ds last time around.
 
2013-09-16 01:14:09 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: make me some tea: Conservatives' primary motivation is fear? I hadn't noticed!

Obviously this means that it is in fact Liberals who are motivated by fear.


Well, to be fair, I'd be lying if fear of negative consequences didn't exist.  I just don't fear the ominous specters of things I don't understand.
 
2013-09-16 01:16:37 PM

lantawa: MaudlinMutantMollusk: lantawa: FTFA:   conservatives tend to view human nature as competitive, while liberals are more prone to perceiving human nature as cooperative.

It's a conundrum.  Both competition and cooperation are necessary.

And that leads to moderation

/which cannot be accepted under any circumstances these days, it seems

More or less, true.  Strange days...I'm confused, but balance the confusion with generic reasonableness.


It's not true at all. The Democrats believe in both. They are not against competition they are for FAIR competition and a safety net for when it fails.
 
2013-09-16 01:17:07 PM
Honestly, it's sad that we still allow conservatives in political discourse when science is clearly on our side. A society benefits only when its best and brightest lead, not some compromise between the superior and the inferior. We wouldn't let a janitor and a doctor decide on how to sterilize a surface, why even let a conservative near the decision making process?

We need to segment society by intelligence and brain structure so that those born with superior empathy and intelligence can keep watch on our... lessers. We've let the fundies and regressive participate in government for long enough and it's time to take that privilege away from them.  God Science knows they can't be trusted with themselves.
 
2013-09-16 01:18:04 PM
conservatives tend to view human nature as competitive

Then why are they all disgusting fat bodies?
 
2013-09-16 01:18:27 PM

super_grass: Honestly, it's sad that we still allow conservatives in political discourse when science is clearly on our side. A society benefits only when its best and brightest lead, not some compromise between the superior and the inferior. We wouldn't let a janitor and a doctor decide on how to sterilize a surface, why even let a conservative near the decision making process?

We need to segment society by intelligence and brain structure so that those born with superior empathy and intelligence can keep watch on our... lessers. We've let the fundies and regressive participate in government for long enough and it's time to take that privilege away from them.  God Science knows they can't be trusted with themselves.


Sounds suspiciously like right-wing-authoritarianism(outgroup is destroying the country and must be stopped).  We better deny you the vote too, just in case.
 
2013-09-16 01:19:10 PM

Headso: conservatives tend to view human nature as competitive

Then why are they all disgusting fat bodies?


Because they're only competing with real Americans.  That's why immigrants aren't playing fair.
 
2013-09-16 01:19:18 PM

AirForceVet: UberDave: AirForceVet: Summing up the article in single sentences for the mentally challenged (you know who you are):

Conservatives: The world revolves around me.

Liberals: The world revolves around us.

Moderates: We all ride on the world as it revolves around the Sun.

Hippies: We all live in a yellow submarine.

Trippers: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.


Shakespearians: All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts,
 
2013-09-16 01:19:23 PM
I don't think Glenn Beck is a good example of a conservative.  He simply realized how easily led some conservatives can be with a few tactics and cashed in pretty big on it.
 
2013-09-16 01:20:05 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: lantawa: FTFA:   conservatives tend to view human nature as competitive, while liberals are more prone to perceiving human nature as cooperative.

It's a conundrum.  Both competition and cooperation are necessary.

And that leads to moderation

/which cannot be accepted under any circumstances these days, it seems


Modern American Liberalism is moderate. You can either be a moderate or a fascist in America, and really short on proper liberals.
 
2013-09-16 01:20:55 PM

AirForceVet: UberDave: AirForceVet: Summing up the article in single sentences for the mentally challenged (you know who you are):

Conservatives: The world revolves around me.

Liberals: The world revolves around us.

Moderates: We all ride on the world as it revolves around the Sun.

Hippies: We all live in a yellow submarine.

Trippers: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.


Empiricists: F*ck all y'all
 
2013-09-16 01:20:57 PM

FarkedOver: FTFA:

"Barack Obama then assumed office, bringing a liberal administration to the White House. "

When did this happen?


Ditto, and almost stopped reading there.
 
2013-09-16 01:22:07 PM

Headso: conservatives tend to view human nature as competitive

Then why are they all disgusting fat bodies?


Competition results in overuse of available resources, such as food or money, so the next guy can't use it.
 
2013-09-16 01:22:43 PM

super_grass: Honestly, it's sad that we still allow conservatives in political discourse when science is clearly on our side. A society benefits only when its best and brightest lead, not some compromise between the superior and the inferior. We wouldn't let a janitor and a doctor decide on how to sterilize a surface, why even let a conservative near the decision making process?

We need to segment society by intelligence and brain structure so that those born with superior empathy and intelligence can keep watch on our... lessers. We've let the fundies and regressive participate in government for long enough and it's time to take that privilege away from them.  God Science knows they can't be trusted with themselves.


No. I'd rather not try to live in that Brave New World.

Treating people as things, to be controlled for their own protection... that's wrong. Sorry.
 
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