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Conservative Science: Diagnosing the Republican Brain

‘We all know that many American conservatives have issues with Charles Darwin, and the theory of evolution. But Albert Einstein, and the theory of relativity?’

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UP w/ Chris Hayes: The psychology of polarization.

I’m blogging this discussion again due to the fact that I just started reading Chris Mooney’s The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science - and Reality because I find this conversation, about the polarization of politics, featuring the aforementioned author, awesome and enlightening.

Also, although I’m only one-fifth of the way through this book I can’t get enough of it. It’s a downer in a way because I too, subscribed (literally, this idea has consumed most of my mind the past year) to the Enlightenment-born idea and principle that reason will undermine un-reason; one day, all will be well and lovely with a society based on reason and facts because refutation of myth, with cold-hard facts, is the antidote. I’m excited to read about how we can use this information, to in fact, move. to. a. more. enlightened. society. Damn, there I go again. (Mooney, suggests in this video, that the first step would be to accept this truth about our brains, and go from there. The problem, conservatives are disinclined for many reasons, to do this.)

Anyway, the reality is that our brains don’t work that way: motivated reason, confirmation bias, and the “primacy of effect” reigns supreme in our evolved brain.

PEOPLE.
READ THIS BOOK.

If you love psychology, sociology, politics, biology, genetics, I highly recommend this book.

Also, watch this discussion!

politics and psychology

1. http://similarminds.com/big5.html

2. convert to “OCEAN”

  •  Openness to experience – (inventive/curious vs. consistent/cautious) = Intellect - (non-curious vs. inquisitive)
  • Conscientiousness – (efficient/organized vs. easy-going/careless) = Orderliness - (Organized vs. unstructured)
  • Extraversion – (outgoing/energetic vs. solitary/reserved) = Extroversion- (social vs. reserved)
  • Agreeableness – (friendly/compassionate vs. cold/unkind) = Accomodation - (accommodating vs. egocentric)
  • Neuroticism – (sensitive/nervous vs. secure/confident) = Emotional - (limbic vs. calm)

3. http://books.google.com/books?id=NTXOh_OXetMC&pg=PA64&lpg=PP1&dq=the+republican+brain

Start on pg 64.

The Science of Fox News: Why Its Viewers are the Most Misinformed

‘Authoritarian people have a stronger emotional need for an outlet like Fox, where they can find affirmation and escape factual challenges to their beliefs.’

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Excuse me, I think I just sprained my retinas from how hard I was rolling my eyes at Santorum’s candidacy announcement speech.

My feelings about his speech: “I may have been born at night, but I wasn’t born last night.”

Why do Republicans have it in their collective head that “American values” = “archaic Christian values”?

This was not a difficult question to answer, except when asking an idiot. 

Was the Iraq war a mistake. 

Yes. Absolutely. It was wrong, immoral, illegal and conceived by lies and deceit. It got us into the situation we are in today and for many futures to come. 

Our young men and women who gave their lives in the war, died in vain. Tell it like it is, Republicans. This is not brain surgery. It is not difficult to answer. You owe it to the American public except for the…

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