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People are conservative because their brains are wired that way?

Interesting article published in Nature Neuroscience. I'm not sure I agree with their methods/conclusions but it is interesting to think about. Next time you argue with someone with conservative political views you can just tell yourself that they're brains aren't capable of accepting new ideas?

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"Exploring the neurobiology of politics, scientists have found that liberals tolerate ambiguity and conflict better than conservatives because of how their brains work.

In a simple experiment reported today in the journal Nature Neuroscience, scientists at New York University and UCLA show that political orientation is related to differences in how the brain processes information."

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Old 11.09.2007, 17:37
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Re: People are convervative because their brains are wired that way?

It's all about Fear. And the symbols of Fear.

See all the Cayennes; the tick epidemic in the forests; bogeymen etc.

Or could it be liberally-minded people messed around with mind-altering drugs in their youth?
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Re: People are convervative because their brains are wired that way?

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Or could it be liberally-minded people messed around with mind-altering drugs in their youth?
nice to see you putitng your hand up for that one mate ....
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Re: People are convervative because their brains are wired that way?

I prefer to consider conservatism as being resistant to dramatic change based on the opinions of one person, whilst supporting organic change based on the culturally-rlevant needs of the wider society over a period of time.

Sadly, for most of the people I know in the UK, conservatism = thatcherism and/or capitalism, and that's not strictly the case.
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Re: People are convervative because their brains are wired that way?

Unfortunately , that article did not register with my brain - or rather I could not register to read that article....

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Interesting article published in Nature Neuroscience. I'm not sure I agree with their methods/conclusions but it is interesting to think about. Next time you argue with someone with conservative political views you can just tell yourself that they're brains aren't capable of accepting new ideas?

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"Exploring the neurobiology of politics, scientists have found that liberals tolerate ambiguity and conflict better than conservatives because of how their brains work.

In a simple experiment reported today in the journal Nature Neuroscience, scientists at New York University and UCLA show that political orientation is related to differences in how the brain processes information."

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Old 11.09.2007, 18:06
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Re: People are convervative because their brains are wired that way?

Yes, if you would like to read the online Nature articles you best have a university w/ a subscription ISP or some money to purchase it. I'm hesitant to put the .pdf of the actual Nature Neuroscience article on here as there have been a few cases of the publishing companies having "issues" with people posting their articles in random online places.


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Unfortunately , that article did not register with my brain - or rather I could not register to read that article....

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Or could it be liberally-minded people messed around with mind-altering drugs in their youth?
Then how do we blame the dry drunk, dry cokehead Bush?
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Re: People are convervative because their brains are wired that way?

Mind expanding drugs. I don't think either booze nor cocaine would be considered that. Cause honestly, I know plenty of red-neck conservative drunks.

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Re: People are conservative because their brains are wired that way?

Er, what was the topic again? Hey, I'm thirsty, anyone have any Mountain Dew? Ooh, and some cheese? Whooo, this tune is INSANE!!!!!111!!

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Re: People are conservative because their brains are wired that way?

And "left wing" "liberals" don't have their views and opinions that you disagree with at your peril? Bollocks.
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Re: People are conservative because their brains are wired that way?

Good point. They should redo their study with the extreme conservatives and some of the rigid, holier than thou, hippies I knew in Eugene.


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Re: People are conservative because their brains are wired that way?

This is a grim topic- just happened to watch this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMla61cOMtc follows the work of Ernest Becker- Denial of Death. The experiments alledgedly prove that a fear of death can make people more racist, reactionary etc.
I got interested in the subject of death after reading a strange report about an assisted suicide in a Winterthur Hotel.

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Re: People are conservative because their brains are wired that way?

I'm a conservative democrat, wonder how they would explain how my brain is wired... I'm no way going to sign up to that site just to read the article, I thought political view were more determined by family, upbringing and social milieu.
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Re: People are convervative because their brains are wired that way?

Ha ha! Uncle Max, still young at heart i gather?

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It's all about Fear. And the symbols of Fear.

See all the Cayennes; the tick epidemic in the forests; bogeymen etc.

Or could it be liberally-minded people messed around with mind-altering drugs in their youth?
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Re: People are conservative because their brains are wired that way?

You missed the window with which the article was freely availalbe online. Now it's in the archives.

And I have to say I think you're a bit naive if you don't think the way our brain is wired has anything to do with how we think on things. From what I understand it's considered to be 1/2 nurture 1/2 nature.

Haven't you ever known any conservatives that came out of liberal families or vice versa?

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I'm a conservative democrat, wonder how they would explain how my brain is wired... I'm no way going to sign up to that site just to read the article, I thought political view were more determined by family, upbringing and social milieu.
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And I have to say I think you're a bit naive if you don't think the way our brain is wired has anything to do with how we think on things. From what I understand it's considered to be 1/2 nurture 1/2 nature.
And I think you need to read comments more carefully before calling me naive. I stated, and I'm quoting here: "I thought political view were MORE determined by family, upbringing and social milieu."
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Re: People are conservative because their brains are wired that way?

Right, I did read your comment and was saying I didn't agree. I don't really think the groan was necessary.

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And I think you need to read comments more carefully before calling me naive. I stated, and I'm quoting here: "I thought political view were MORE determined by family, upbringing and social milieu."
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Re: People are conservative because their brains are wired that way?

Fine, I'll remove my groan if it irks you. But I must say I'm surprised and bothered by your statement that you think I'm naive. I believe such statements go to a personal level which I think is uncalled for. I've studied psych for 6 years so I'm very familiar with the nature vs. nurture debate.
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It's all about Fear. And the symbols of Fear.

See all the Cayennes; the tick epidemic in the forests; bogeymen etc.

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Mind expanding drugs. I don't think either booze nor cocaine would be considered that. Cause honestly, I know plenty of red-neck conservative drunks.
<Linear quotes because nested quotes don't work in EF yet.>

Hmm. Even if we applied mind-expanding drugs to Dubyah, we'd see no change, since zero multiplied by any number is still zero.
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Re: People are conservative because their brains are wired that way?

He’s got the environmental issue in his hand, he’s got the judicial system in his hand, he’s got the security issue in his hand,….he’s got you and me on his hand, he’s got the whole world in his hand. Some say a little knowledge in the wrong hands is a dangerous thing, what about a little religion in the wrong hands?
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