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Old 11-24-2017, 10:55 AM
 
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Other scans have shown that brain regions associated with risk and uncertainty, such as the fear-processing amygdala, differ in structure in liberals and conservatives. And different architecture means different behavior. Liberals tend to seek out novelty and uncertainty, while conservatives exhibit strong changes in attitude to threatening situations. The former are more willing to accept risk, while the latter tends to have more intense physical reactions to threatening stimuli.
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Old 11-24-2017, 10:58 AM
 
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this sounds like an ad for the smithsonian magazine, i wonder what the mods would think of this? on the forum that i help administrate, this would be enough to get you banned from the forum permanently.
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Old 11-24-2017, 11:14 AM
 
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How does it account for people who's political views change over time?

Like many people, I became less Liberal and more Conservative as I got older.

Probably the real start of that transformation occurred when I quit smoking pot and the fog of pie in the sky Leftist ideology started to clear out of my brain like coughing out a particularly harsh bong hit.
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:02 PM
 
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We should commend people who do this kind of work.
Finding a democrat with a functioning brain is not easy.
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Why did you post two identical threads on this?
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Divided Tribes of America
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What about people who are neither liberal nor conservative?

What about people like me who want to focus on economic issues instead of cultural issues and identity politics?
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Florida
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How does it account for people who's political views change over time?

Like many people, I became less Liberal and more Conservative as I got older.

Probably the real start of that transformation occurred when I quit smoking pot and the fog of pie in the sky Leftist ideology started to clear out of my brain like coughing out a particularly harsh bong hit.
The article is not inconsistent with the idea that people's views change over time. It states that your experiences shape your thought processes and, hence brain structure.

Maybe your personal views were shaped by smoking weed, but that does not make it true of others. People that go from liberal to conservative are simply less willing to takes risks, so they change their views. Same with conservatives who become more liberal--maybe their play it safe views grew stale, so they exhibit more risk-taking behavior. Many people are wiling to take more risks when they are younger and become more afraid or unwilling to as they age, for various reasons--it has nothing to do with drugs (which are often replaced with alcohol).

...“It suggests that politics alters our worldview and alters the way our brains process.”

Politics isn’t the first to cause structural changes in the brain. More than a decade ago, researchers used brain scans to show that London cab drivers’ gray matter grew larger to help them store a mental map of the city. There more time they spent on the road, the bigger their hippocampi, an area associated with navigation, became..."
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:22 PM
 
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Fascinating.

"MRI scans, areas linked to broad social connectedness, which involves friends and the world at large, light up in Democrats’ brains."

"Republicans, on the other hand, show more neural activity in parts of the brain associated with tight social connectedness, which focuses on family and country."

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/scienc...YCIqhuygULK.99
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:25 PM
 
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Conservatives tend "to have more intense physical reactions to threatening stimuli."

This stuff is worth thinking about.

Conservatives tend to have intense physical reaction to what they perceive is threatening and everything is threatening.

So they are constantly on alert, looking askance at those who "aren't from around here," and yearning to go back to a time when it felt safer.

Seems that they are afraid of everyone from Lesbians to Libyans.

Is there any way to help Conservatives feel less threatened, less afraid?
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:34 PM
 
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What about communists like me?
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