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.


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

Also, watch this discussion!

politics and psychology


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)


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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Please ignore this rant

The internet is down and I have two papers to write
And Mom’s pissed because I stopped trying in a republican brain washing class and am failing. I’m sorry, but if you call people “the gays” or “the blacks” you lose your fucking right to have my ear. I dont care what you have to say jackass, teacher or not. IM ACING MY OTHER CLASSES AND THIS IS JUST THE SECOND CLASS IM NOT DOING WELL IN NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT /YOU/ SIGNED ME UP FOR IT AND 4 OTHER CLASSES. AND SHE KEEPS ACTING LIKE “I cant do your work for you.” I DIDNT ASK YOU TO THIS FAILURE IS ON ME AND I WOULDNT HAVE THIS SHIT ANY OTHER WAY. I am done with that class. Have been for a long time and YOU wouldnt let me drop it, Mom. And stop acting like I asked you to watch over me and doing it. Fuck you. Now she’s going on about how she wouldnt choose to fail and maybe he has some good ideas and I’m not gonna get to my dreams bc of this one class. And how she’s angry bc I’m a disappointment to her and our family. I am beyond pissed. She said if I dont like it I should “pack up and go live with my crazy friend” meaning My best friend. Livid. So fucking done jesus christ

scubasteve254 asked:

Are you completely retarded? That's called a strawman argument and i'm nowhere near a republican.

Nope. My brain works perfectly fine. I’m making a comparison between men and women in situations they shouldn’t be in. Works both ways if a woman was locked up and got raped and a man was raped by a woman or a man off the street. I used Republican because of a post I recently saw and continue to see about Republicans approving rape on women. You don’t like my post keep on moving. I don’t need your hate or any name calling. And I will not dignify any of it. So get off my page and post and have yourself a good night.