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Political Views Are Reflected in Brain Structure

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New scientific information show liberals are able to take conflicting information and “cope” with it better than conservatives. According to the study, liberals are likely to see threatening and conflicting sets of data as opportunities to explore.

For this reader, the study sheds some light on how liberals tend to make decisions which can lead to trouble. A current case illustrating this is represented by the nation’s astronomical debt level and the inability of liberals to recognize these fiscal conditions as a threat to our nation’s well-being. For them these conditions are viewed as an opportunity to explore further, a tack that does not lead to the correct actions required by these conditions. This is further represented by their willingness to continue to spend money which exacerbates the situation further.

On the other side, conservatives recognize the situation for what it is. It is viewed as threatening or upsetting to a desired and sound state, which is fiscal responsibility sans exploratory policies (liberal adventurism) that are dangerous to the country’s well being.

The irony here which is often repeated where liberals are involved, is that while liberals see the demise of their social programs as destructive to the country, the pursuit of such policies will actually deliver to everyone what they hope to avoid.

On the contrary, following sound fiscal policies, i.e. less spending, lowered tax rates, lowered federal debt ceilings and the reduction of entitlement programs (unsustainable access to the treasury), will actually give them what we all want, which is a healthy country whose populace are not enslaved by its government. With such an environment, everyone is in a better position to realize their own potential to succeed.

Individuals who call themselves liberal tend to have larger anterior cingulate cortexes, while those who call themselves conservative have larger amygdalas. Based on what is known about the functions of those two brain regions, the structural differences are consistent with reports showing a greater ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information and a greater ability of conservatives to recognize a threat, the researchers say.

Based upon the findings, it suggests liberals need to employ conservative thinking to save them from themselves. But it also sheds some light on why liberals are fond of viewing conservatives as unwilling to “progress” as they would want and why they generally view the Republican Party as the party of “No!”.

The other message here is that liberals cannot be reasoned with because they are inherently incapable of seeing the other side which is often pointing them to the error of their thinking.

The full story can be read here.

Written by Ben

April 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm

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  1. I find this alarming. The next thing is postmortems on pundits and politicians to see who was the demigod and who was authentic. Very disturbing.

    Wife and father thinks this is worth looking into. I guess, as Dad puts it, a little brain surgery never hurt anyone.

    I once heard a Christian argue that amygdala is the area containing your soul. And that people who do drugs damage that area, and open themselves up to evil. But she also believed that Prince Harry is the AntiChrist.

    Mr. Amygdalas

    April 9, 2011 at 7:27 am

  2. Certainly the autopsy statement is hyperbole. We can agree that will never happen.

    To the point of the scientific findings, it says that people whose brains are structured which prevents them from properly recognizing danger cannot be reasoned with as they have an inherent disability to make the proper assessment about those dangers.

    I’d bet they’d be lousy chess players as well.


    April 9, 2011 at 9:16 am

  3. Her argument went: people experiment with drugs (lsd) often to open themselves to the spiritual, but often they wind up in homes being treated with illness where they think spirits are talking to them. She believed they might be real. Nevertheless, damage may indeed have been done to the Amygdala. Perhaps, to lesser degree with other popular drugs. But does it also permanently alter how they deal with threats.

    I could not google find a link between past drug use and daily leanings. probably, the question has never been asked. Results could be explosive.


    April 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm

  4. A study about the effects of drugs on the Amygdala and how it might form belief system values may indeed be interesting. If the findings show a positive link, would that mean all libs are drug users? Second, would such a finding support calls for impeachment of all sitting libs due to impaired judgement? How would future liberal candidates then be vetted?


    April 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm

  5. Very funny.

    But for clarity sake I would start with simple survey of past use with the standard over simplistic left and right labels.

    If some correlation, then ask for tests of before and after drug use images of this area.
    Thus, eliminating cause and effect questions: the chicken or egg question.

    Then finally, to seal the argument, you would need to prove no deficiency in the other area of brain that liberals use.

    I personally like the impeachment idea, but would extend it to every person who mindlessly votes with the party, especially if voting for some unread bill and any unreadable bill. Or, any package of bills, designed to take the veto away from the executive. Then, extend it to anyone found linked to foreign campaign money, etc. etc. and so on.

    Mr. Amygdalas

    April 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm

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