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Red Brains vs. Blue Brains?

Hemos posted more than 10 years ago | from the i'm-sure-this-discussion-will-be-worthwhile dept.

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eLoco writes "From the NYTimes (reg. req.): The Political Brain -- "Why do Republicans and Democrats differ so emphatically? Perhaps it's all in the head." Researchers from UCLA have seem to have found that liberals have, on average, a more active amygdala than conservatives. According to the article, studies of stroke victims "have persuasively shown that the amygdala plays a key role in the creation of emotions like fear or empathy." So is this scientific "proof" that liberals tend to be more compassionate but also more cowardly? [DISCLAIMER: this is not a troll; I am a liberal]. Regardless, this seems to have implications for more than just politics. Favorite quote: "Perhaps we form political affiliations by semiconsciously detecting commonalities with other people, commonalities that ultimately reflect a shared pattern of brain function.""

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WHO CARES! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044596)

NO ONE!

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Compact Dick (518888) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044597)

off my shitty dialup connection

Re:FP (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044653)

Try broadband next time, because YOU FAIL IT

fgjd (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044599)

sheodf

Wow.... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044600)

Its rare that I'm reading an article and end up distracted by the sheer trolliness of it that I can't get any of the science out of it.

Who funds this research??

Re:Wow.... (4, Funny)

illuminata (668963) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044742)

Well, the article summary interested me, so I conducted my own unbiased, completely unfunded research on this issue.

Within a matter of seconds, I found that people who agree with me on political issues are rather brainy. On the other hand, I found that people who disagree with me on political issues are extremely braindead.

This, indeed, is good new for libertarians everywhere.

All the studies show (2, Funny)

Zabu (589690) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044604)

Stroke victims prefer Bush.

Re:All the studies show (1)

Cat_Byte (621676) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044702)

Funny but you got it backwards...grin. Stroke victims are more Liberal so they prefer Kerry.

MOD PARENT AWESOME (-1)

PatrickThomson (712694) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044714)

Most. Awesome. Post. Ever. and on-topic.

Re:All the studies show (-1, Flamebait)

awhelan (781773) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044750)

Actually if I had a stroke I'd stay away from Bush and hope that stem cells could help repair the damage it had done.

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044607)

teh fp

red brain, blue brain, gnaa brain?

Jesus H Christ (4, Insightful)

ellem (147712) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044609)

Is anything anyone's fault or decision anymore? Damn I remember when people were fat, drunk, gay, disruptive and Communist of their own volition. Now everything is a malady, issue and disease.

Re:Jesus H Christ (0, Flamebait)

jesuspower (806201) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044648)

yeah, it seems that people refuse to take responsibility for their actions.

Re:Jesus H Christ (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044696)

Often by pinning all of their "sin" on some made-up saviour.

Re:Jesus H Christ (5, Funny)

Bull999999 (652264) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044744)

It's not my fault that I refuse to take responsibility for my actions!

Re:Jesus H Christ (0)

hal9000(jr) (316943) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044688)

How else will get my Paxil [paxil.com] ?

Re:Jesus H Christ (4, Insightful)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044710)

In America, we also like to sue others as a result of these things. It's always someone else's fault.

I find it interesting that you put gay into that list... you're sure to get modded flamebait to some extent by claiming that people are gay by their own volition.

Oh, Princess Amygdala...

Or, if you're a conservative... (1, Troll)

revscat (35618) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044792)

It's always someone else's fault.

Right. I mean, check out the conservative line of reasoning:

Example: "I'm not going to go see Fahrehnheit 9/11 for the same reasons liberals won't watch Fox News."

Example: "Vote fraud? Man, the liberals do it to, you just know it. (So it's ok if conservaives do.)"

Example: "Only telling one side of the story is ok, because the liberals do it to."

Example: "It's ok that the President went AWOL during the Vietnam war, beeacuse Bill Clinton got a deferrment."

Example: "It's ok to lie, cheat, and steal because some Democrat somewhere at some point did it, too."

Re:Or, if you're a conservative... (5, Insightful)

nes11 (767888) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044834)

lol, that's just politics man. if you honestly believe that conservatives are politically worse than liberals, or vice versa, you're just silly. politics are politics. doesn't matter which side you're on.

Re:Jesus H Christ (1)

nes11 (767888) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044800)

"you're sure to get modded flamebait to some extent by claiming that people are gay by their own volition"

possibly, but probably not. while it's politically correct to tout the official homosexual "gay by nature" line, slashdot readers aren't exactly known for being politically correct. also, such a small percentage of the world is really gay compared to what they show on TV that most people just don't care unless their trying to be PC.

Re:Jesus H Christ (2, Interesting)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044818)

Well that has been the issue for a long time with Gays and the primary reason why they have been so discriminated against is because the old belief that being gay was their choice. There are many Gays would rather keep that reasoning because they don't want to say that it is a biological difference.

Re:Jesus H Christ (3, Insightful)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044751)

Interesting point. We seem to be living in a culture where it is becoming increasingly popular to explain away all personal responsibility for our actions. No one does anything anymore because they were drunk, stupid, angry, jealous, foolish, greedy or just not able to cope properly. Now its genetic predisposition and psychological forces at work. If these scientists/doctors/quacks are to believed its amazing we dont all just crumble completely into a blubbering mass under the pressure of all these external forces and influences we are subject to.

Re:Jesus H Christ (0, Flamebait)

dsanfte (443781) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044758)

Homosexuality is genetic.

Re:Jesus H Christ (1)

Oxy the moron (770724) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044777)

Why stop at pointing out that he mentioned "gay"? What about drunk or fat? Nowadays people are saying that is just as genetic as being a homosexual.

I thought the parent was just fine.

Re:Jesus H Christ (1)

dsanfte (443781) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044832)

Genetics can nudge us towards things like alcoholism, but having an arm isn't a choice, it's predetermined.

The brain is also developed genetically, from information contained in your DNA. Does it not follow then that certain structures (an amygadala for instance), or even the entire brain itself, could perform differently given specific genetic mutations?

I should remind you that it's also not a choice to breathe, but it is all in our heads. The line between "disease" and "choice" wasn't any more clear than it is now. We just realize now that the line is in fact blurred to some extent.

Re:Jesus H Christ (1)

ifwm (687373) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044822)

No, it's not. It MAY be partly genetic, but behavior as complex a sexual preference will NEVER be boiled down to either genes or environment.

Re:Jesus H Christ (-1, Flamebait)

Aardpig (622459) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044844)

Homosexuality is genetic.

So, to a large part, is intelligence; but I don't see Bush resigning over his particular set of genes.

(Note to non-US residents: the governor of New Jersey has recently resigned after being 'outed' as gay).

Re:Jesus H Christ (1)

dasmegabyte (267018) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044781)

Oh, the goddamn memists would have it that even your outrage is the result archetypical response to stimuli. I say, why worry about biophysical predestination when there's nothing you can do about it? Hang the sense of it, and just keep yourself occupied.

Re:Jesus H Christ (5, Insightful)

XorNand (517466) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044789)

Well, some people (such as yourself) see this as sort of an over-the-top, politically-correct perspective. In actuality, it's a long standing philosophical debate: is freewill a myth? It's B.F. Skinner and Co. vs. the existenialists.

While you respond in disgust, what happens if one day science does indeed discover that biology trumphs freewill? What if almost all of out behaviors are predetermined by chemistry?

Not attempting to threadjack here, just adding an additional perspective to a post that was an immediate +5.

None of this applies to Bush (1, Flamebait)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044610)

A brain is required in the first place.

mod insightful, not funny (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044704)

this dudes karma is gonna take a bad beating from bush supporters. help him out buy modding something that actually gives karma

Not insulting anyone (-1, Troll)

jesuspower (806201) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044611)

Not insulting anyone: but most liberals I know are sorta cowardly, but definitly fearful. They seem to worry about everything...

Re:Not insulting anyone (1)

shadowcabbit (466253) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044695)

Not insulting anyone: but most liberals I know are sorta cowardly, but definitly fearful. They seem to worry about everything...

OK. Your comment is sort of like saying "Not that this applies to anyone personally, but everyone I don't like are morons with no sense of hygeine and even less in the way of morals. They ought to be shot, drawn and quartered, and then shot again for good measure. But please, liberals, don't take that personally!"

If you're going to state your opinion, don't preface it with "I don't really mean this".

Re:Not insulting anyone (1)

jesuspower (806201) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044721)

Haha, you are correct. :) I should have just said "most that I know."

Re:Not insulting anyone (1)

trentblase (717954) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044814)

From sig: "salvation is a free gift"

Is that anything like the free t-shirt I get when I sign up for a ScrewU Student Mastercard with 32% APR?

Re:Not insulting anyone (1)

daveinthesky (608820) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044767)


dude.
don't feed the trolls. his name is 'jesuspower'

Re:Not insulting anyone (2, Interesting)

Angostura (703910) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044765)

Given that hell is a construct created specifically to scare the ignorant, I find the combination of your post and your .sig delightfully ironic.

Re:Not insulting anyone (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044770)

I wouldn't necessarily say that but I would say there is a tendency for liberals to be ruled by emotion whereas conservatives are ruled by intellect.

Again, no insults intended, just an observation. Of course, when it comes to extremes, emotions tend to cancel intellect on both sides.

ENJOY! (1, Insightful)

RecipeTroll (572375) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044614)

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article modding (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044622)

[DISCLAIMER: this is not a troll; I am a liberal]

Hence this article should be modded +5 insightful.

Not true (4, Insightful)

leonmergen (807379) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044625)

I don't think this is true... I think political views can develop, and change. It's not something that you have when you're born...

Re:Not true (1)

justkarl (775856) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044693)

I don't think this is true... I think political views can develop, and change. It's not something that you have when you're born...

I agree. This is something that a psychologist would call a characteristic of personality, which everyone knows can be changed. Personalities and ideas change with experience.

Re:Not true (1)

CountBrass (590228) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044753)

So? I don't believe the article said the number Queen Amidala's in your brain didn't change over time.

Re:Not true (1)

justkarl (775856) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044791)

So? I don't believe the article said the number Queen Amidala's in your brain didn't change over time.

I understand, becuase we're on Slashdot, that you have to make a Natalie Portman/Star Wars reference, but really...what the hell are you talking about?

Re:Not true (1)

OG (15008) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044825)

Actually, the article blatently stated that this isn't something that depends solely on DNA. Although it may have an initial influence, the author clearly states that life experiences have an incredibly strong role in determining how the brain develops.

useful fact (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044633)

Just because you are against the war in Iraq, doesn't necissarily mean you are against wars 100%.

Brain differences? (1, Funny)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044636)

What? Does this mean voting Republican could be classified as a mental illness?

Perhaps some kind of medication could get that recalcitrant amygdala up and running again. ;-)

Re:Brain differences? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044683)

It looks to me that this is what we have all known for years. Democrats vote with emotion, Republicans vote with logic.

Re:Brain differences? (-1, Troll)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044697)

Sounds to me that voting Democrat should be classified as a form of hysteria.

Perhaps some kind of medication could get that overactive amygdala to slow down again. ;-)

You're missing the point (1)

Perianwyr Stormcrow (157913) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044725)

Both forms of expression can be cured with Prozac.

Re:Brain differences? (2, Interesting)

Otter (3800) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044826)

What? Does this mean voting Republican could be classified as a mental illness?

Don't laugh -- some Berkeley researchers were claiming that [berkeley.edu] last year. This is a potentially interesting line of study in psychology but it's handled by people with such outrageous bias (and worse, complete obliviousness to their biases) that almost everything they generate is garbage.

red brain, blue brain (0)

k3v0 (592611) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044638)

I thought my brain was made of "grey matter"! sorry this is so bad.

Why are Universities predominantly liberal? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044645)

Discuss.

Re:Why are Universities predominantly liberal? (1)

ovit (246181) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044805)

Because of Immanual Kant.

Tony

Funny... (4, Funny)

opeuga (208321) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044652)


[DISCLAIMER: this is not a troll; I am a liberal]

That's funny... I rarely make that distinction. :)

This explains why liberals play emotions like fear (1, Interesting)

isolation (15058) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044654)

it works for the target block of voters they have.

Note I am a cold heartless Libertarian that thinks most of the liberals of the world should follow the same rules as a wildlife park when it comes to handouts. DO NOT FEED the Animals lest you make the become dependant.

Re:This explains why liberals play emotions like f (1)

ovit (246181) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044829)

Sweet... a fellow Libertarian on Slashdot... :)

Let the Flaming Begin!!! (0)

Cr3d3nd0 (517274) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044659)

Wait, lemme go get the marshmallows.... MMMM smores

Ok go ahead

Harry Potter politics? (5, Funny)

Sgt_Jake (659140) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044660)

So are we going to start using a Party sorting CAT scanner? [please not slitherin... please not slitherin...]

Re:Harry Potter politics? (1)

Xaroth (67516) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044838)

No, sir... what you are thinking of is a HAT scanner.

sort of ironic actually (1, Interesting)

Raleel (30913) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044661)

All of the conservatives I know are more afraid than all of the liberals I know. I would have thought it was the other way around.

Translation (2, Funny)

jayhawk88 (160512) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044677)

Dear Mr. Bush,

Please give us a large research grant.

Love,
Scientists

Re:Translation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044764)

Quite unlikely, the current administration has not been overly friendly towards science :/

What a shocker (4, Insightful)

Moridineas (213502) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044678)

"Perhaps we form political affiliations by semiconsciously detecting commonalities with other people, commonalities that ultimately reflect a shared pattern of brain function."

This just in! People relate with people who are similar to themselves! What shocking news, I never would have guessed that similar ideas and ways of thought would pull people together...

I'll pull another shocker out of the air too, while we're going for blatantly obvious descriptions of human behavior--people tend to congregate with other people of similar intelligence levels.

Re:What a shocker (1)

TrebleJunkie (208060) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044775)

Yeah, wow... somebody tell the various ethnic groups!

Worst ever... (1, Funny)

mattyohe (517995) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044686)

That was the worst Red Vs. Blue ever... I didn't even find it slightly funny.

Geographic Distribution (4, Interesting)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044690)

Liberals come from cities, Conservatives come from rural areas.

I think it is the lifestyle of where you live that governs the formation of the brain.

Look at this county map. [mob-rule.com] Here is a equally hi correlation to rurality=convervativeness.

Maybe conservatives are inbred, not born? (Laugh, it's a joke, not a troll.)

Re:Geographic Distribution (4, Funny)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044722)

And maybe liberals are caused by inhaling too much pollution. :-)

No $hit $herlock... (2, Insightful)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044691)

"Perhaps we form political affiliations by semiconsciously detecting commonalities with other people, commonalities that ultimately reflect a shared pattern of brain function."

So people align themselves politically with others who think in a similar way.

Wow, that's groundbreaking stuff. Guess that locks up the Nobel prize for this year!

Re:No $hit $herlock... (1)

nes11 (767888) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044728)

lol, I was thinking the exact same thing.
<sarcasm>I sure hope Kerry wins so we can pay for some more of this impressive research.</sarcasm>

Google Link yet (1)

Halden (186273) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044692)

Anyon?

If the slavers hadnt ruined secession for all else (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044699)

John Edwards' "two Americas" wouldn't even be an issue. We could have the Republican States of America and the Democratic States of America.

Everyone would be happy, the Republicans could wage war all day long, the Democrats could cook up a socialist union, and best of all, two new opposition parties would mature. Then, when the Reps and Dems had f'd everything up, the new parties could oust the incumbents and the United States could reform, Voltron-like.

Oh COME ON! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044700)

Can we PLEASE stop with the hyperbole politics on this site. No one outside the US cares about the red and blue states. Oh look, here's an article about >cough "science" (that's tech related aint it?) that shows that Democrats are both smarter AND more compassionate than Republicans. Let's post it!

I should only have to point out that political parties are IDEOLOGIES and there are plenty of compassionate and non-compassitionate and literate and non-literate people in both parties (or perhaps y'all approve of PETA bombing animal research clinics.)

If you have REAL Science, post it. If you want a politics story MAKE A POLITICS SECTION and then post MULTIPLE political party stories to it. Or is it the simple fact that you head geeks are jealous that you're not Wired magazine!?!

Liberals... heh (-1, Troll)

CrazyDwarf (529428) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044701)

I think this just said that Liberals have brain damage.
I already knew that, but it is pretty funny.

Liberals : Stoke Victims :: Conservatives : (Insert your own comment here).

Two-party brain duopoly (3, Interesting)

scotay (195240) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044708)

What about libertarians? I call bullshit on this simplistic non-scientific pap. Slashdot might do better posting articles on the scientific basis for spiritualism.

Re:Two-party brain duopoly (1)

CountBrass (590228) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044801)

Easy. "Libertarians" aka "Anarchists" don't use their brains for thinking. For them it's a convenient shock absorber and nothing more.

Libertarians? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044717)

What color are our brains?

Re:Libertarians? (1, Funny)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044795)

Our brains are free to be whatever color we want.

I prefer clear.

Re:Libertarians? (1)

Steve 'Rim' Jobs (728708) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044804)

The same color shit is.

blaming it on brain chemicals huh? (1)

gnat_x (713079) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044724)

does this mean that we can develop a psychoactive drug that will rid us of those pesky conservatives.

(or liberasls, plenty of other things to troll about)

imagine... doctors controlling elections through drugs. that sounds like some good sci-fi

Re:blaming it on brain chemicals huh? (1)

justkarl (775856) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044748)

does this mean that we can develop a psychoactive drug that will rid us of those pesky conservatives.

We did. It's called weed.

The bravery of liberals (5, Insightful)

revscat (35618) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044735)

So is this scientific "proof" that liberals tend to be more compassionate but also more cowardly?

No. It is, however, flamebait and fodder for the conservatives to jump over.

I'm a liberal. I also am a firm supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and in fact own multiple firearms. Why? Because I believe there may come a time where I need to defend my ideals with violence. I look at my intellectual forbears like Samuel Adams, George Washington, Mahatma Gandhi (not as peace as you believe!), Malcolm X, and other political agitators. Frequently changes can come about through peaceful means, but when peaceful means fail and tyranny rears its ugly head, then blood must be spilled.

In no religious or political tradition is the forceful opposition of tyranny considered a sin or a crime. This is very much a liberal train of thought, in the "power to the people" sense, the fundamental democratic sense. The liberals who founded America did so by violently opposing British tyranny, and they were wholly justified in doing so.

..have persuasively shown that the amygdala plays a key role in the creation of emotions like fear or empathy.

The question is: empathy towards who? I am empathetic towards the oppressed, the poor, and those who do not get treated justly by their governments. I, like Christ Jesus, will agitate for a change in this situation until my dying day. If violence is required to make it happen, then so be it. I hope it does not come to that, but if it will, I will not run from it.

That''s EXCELLENT news!!! (1, Funny)

flowerp (512865) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044739)

Since there will be medication for curing Republicans very soon. Problem is though: The government will make it a controlled substance because it is a mind altering drug. D'oh!

You missed it... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044843)

It's called "Marijuana".

or vise versa... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044749)

maybe our brain becomes the way it is because we are raised using certian parts more than others.

Scientists jump to conclusions quickly.

emotion and reason (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10044752)

Republicans are more likely to be conservatives with strong views on issues such as religion, defense and abortion. Strong views tend to correspond more to strong emotions, thus the difference.

Fear is Brains in my book (2, Insightful)

Hawkeye477 (163893) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044754)

So mabey it may be considered fear to run from a guy who is looking to kill you, and mabey it may be braver to just stand up, but I prefer to be a coward, live another day, and come up with a strategy, than be dead and buried just cause I had to stand up to be brave and look tough ...

Vote Kerry! :)

Pinko Commies (2, Insightful)

turgid (580780) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044768)

So how long before the Conservatives discover that lefties have "defective brains" and start genetically-engineering them out of the population? :-)

Praire Home Companion (2, Interesting)

Moridineas (213502) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044771)

Reminds me of an episode I heard several months ago... Garrison Keillor was discussing his recent on-show conversion to become a Republican. (roughly paraphrased he said) "Back when I was a democrat and would say something political, I would get letters from Republicans telling me exactly how I was wrong and exactly what they thought of me. Now that I've switched parties, I now get 'hurt' letters from Democrats who are 'hurt' and 'saddened' by my new points of view. I can deal with 'hurt' letters!"

(apologies for without a doubt mangling his hilarious speech)

They finally found the gene ... (1, Funny)

foo23 (722487) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044772)

... that makes us think everything is determined by genes!

Question (1)

Curfingil (130498) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044784)

So how does this account for Libertarians?

-cf

Reminds me of something else (1, Funny)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044785)

Those with the blue brain continue to go about their daily lives unaware of the construct that surrounds them, wrapped in an artificial reality of delusion.

Those with the red brain perceive the truth, and are able to see how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

Plus, the red-brainers get to dodge bullets and wear a *really* stylish jacket and glasses

Amygdala is much more complex than that (2, Interesting)

Louis Savain (65843) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044787)

So is this scientific "proof" that liberals tend to be more compassionate but also more cowardly?

The amygdala than this. It is responsible for love, hate, fear (all sorts of phobias), tastes, etc... We must understand that we do not control our emotions, as much as we would like to think that we do. Intelligence and reason are always at the service of emotion. In other words, the amydala is the real boss of our brains.

A "more active amygdala" can be good or bad or noth. It may mean that one is more compassionate or more hateful. It may mean that one is very creative or a complete nut. Artists, in general, have amore active amygdala. This probably is the reason that hollywood is liberal and artistically talented at the same time.

I changed sides (2, Interesting)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044794)

I used to be a lefty, switched to right and went back to middle. My story is typical:
  • Left makes people lazy.
  • Right sells out to corporations.
  • The truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Now, did my brain (activity) change in this process or is this part of an intellectual development?

Im sorry, I dont know what came over me! (2, Insightful)

Aceto3for5 (806224) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044797)

I would just like to say i for one am against this article being posted. We need to be more united, especially in this tense election season. Stories like this serve to divide, and not unite. Let us think of those who came before us, to unite us. Lincoln would say, a forum divided against itself cannot parse, Martin Luther King would ask that we judge not on the appearance of our grammar but the content of our thread. This article says we are wired to be in opposition to each other, and that is patently not true. We can come together and unite as a nation again if we agree to stay clear of that which would divide us. Even a dope brained, bleeding heart, wishy-washy, tree-hugging, godless, long haired hippified liberal pansy could understand that.

I'm Independent...so where do I fall into (1)

nyc_paladin (534862) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044812)

Ok, I'm a registered independent voter, because I like to think for myself. I'm conversative on some issues and liberal on others. And I have my own opinion that don't follow any party lines. So what color brain do I have?

Newsflash? (1)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044817)

Wow, you mean a person's brain could have an effect on what they think? I am shocked!

So which will it be? (2, Funny)

pedestrian crossing (802349) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044819)

The red pill, or the blue pill?

Thesis Proved by Comment Moderation? (1, Insightful)

mykepredko (40154) | more than 10 years ago | (#10044820)

In the five minutes that this thread has been active, I've seen a number of partisan posts rated "Funny"/"Insightful" to "Troll"/"Offtopic" and back again. It looks like the red/blue brains are fighting to support points of view that they agree with.

I'm waiting to see if the purported ultimate rating of "+5 Troll" will be achieved (if any topic could do it, this is it).

myke
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