Brain function of conservatives and liberals differ

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Brain function of conservatives and liberals differ

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070909/hl_afp/scienceneuroscience;_ylt=Agx8g9MygPviu9dAnVNsNzSs0NUE

I thought this was kind of interesting. I suppose that could explain why many politically conservative people are also very religious.

Conservatives, however, were less flexible, refusing to deviate from old habits "despite signals that this ... should be changed."

I find this very revealing as well. This sentence often reminds me of the debates that crash and burn because no matter what you say to the other person, they refuse to acknowledge it. They are unable to deviate at all.

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The Authoritarian

The Authoritarian Specter

By Robert Altmeyer.

He documented this sociologically years ago.  This new research is going to pretty much lock his theories on authoritarianism.

Everyone needs to read that book.  Seriously.

 

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I'm bumping this because

I'm bumping this because it's interesting, and because I got to pimp Altmeyer's book again.  Seriously, if you're an RRS member and haven't read it, go get it and read it.

Really.

 

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This is a really

This is a really interesting article.  It is amazing how much they are discovering about the brain and it's processes.  Much like space, there is a lot we know, but so much more that we don't know.

Thank you for the book recommendation, Hamby!  I will check that one out. 


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Hamby, thanks for bumping

Hamby, thanks for bumping this thread.

I'll put that book on my wish list.  I find this very interesting, but know very little about the subject.  Could you also recommend some other books or good links? 

 

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Unfortunately, there isn't

Unfortunately, there isn't a ton of published work in this area.  Go figure.  Altmeyer's work is the definitive work, and I'm not sure it's been substantially improved upon.

There's another book based on it that's pretty good, if you're interested in politics at all.  It's called "Conservatives Without Conscience."  Obviously, it's a play on the definitive book on conservatism, "Conscience of a Conservative."  Anyway, CWC takes the personality types detailed in the Authoritarian Specter, and applies them to many of the prominent figures in American government over the last 8 years.  It's best read after Altmeyer, though.

 

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