As I sit here after reading article after article written by people of different political opinions, I wonder to myself, “How can these people BELIEVE this stuff?” It simply does not make sense to me, not a bit. Yet somehow, others are able to make sense of it, and stand behind those differing opinions. This opens up the question to me, is there some sort of physical cause for this?
It turns out that there may be.
A study done by the University College of London found that people who identified themselves as liberals generally had a larger anterior cingulate cortex – a region near the front of the brain that is involved in decision making, empathy, rational cognitive functions, and emotion.
By contrast, those who identified as conservatives had larger amygdala-structures that are linked with the processing and memory of emotional reactions, fear and anxiety.
The researchers suggest that liberals tend to be better at managing conflicting information, while conservatives are thought to be better at recognizing threats, adding that such personality traits are linked with specific brain structure.
In 2010, researchers from the University of California San Diego and from Harvard University identified a “liberal gene,” which has been linked with a personality type driven to seek out new experiences.
I found this information startling, and interesting all the same. The fact that it could be possible that our political inclinations are tied in with the way that our brain is formed is very interesting to me, and leads me to wonder whether or not this could be considered a sign of the continuing evolution of Homo sapiens.
Looking through history, you may notice that things tend to get more conservative the further you go back: slavery has been abolished, women have been given the right to vote, and now homosexuals are being given the right to marry – all forward-thinking and liberal ideas at the time of their occurring.
My simple thought is this: Maybe it’s not a mistake. Maybe Mother Nature is trimming the fat by making us more tolerant. It’s definitely in our best interests as a species, right? Survival of the fittest? We’re evolving to become more tolerant and accepting of new experiences, because that is the best way for our species to adapt, grow, survive, and thrive.
Perhaps it’s just hopeful thinking, but one maybe one day, racists will cease to exist. Maybe one day, people will be able to live and let live. Until then, I guess we’ll just have to sit back and enjoy watching the antics of the GOP.
Interesting Stuff to Read or Watch
- Wicca Theory for Dummies – how Wicca fits in with Science, like quantum physics. …Pretty interesting read, actually.
- Obama’s campaign has responded to comments from Mr. Frothy about his kid’s visit to Mexico. I thought kids were off-limits in politics, but I guess not anymore.
- Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and THEM DEMS have pounced on a statement by Team Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom (Wernstrom!). When asked about whether Romney’s team was worried about moving too far to the right and distancing moderates, he replied, “Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.”
- Gay Cruise Passengers were arrested for having sex in the Caribbean, specificially in Dominica, where sex between two men is illegal. They were later charged with indecent exposure and could be fined $370 each and face up to 6 months in jail. The indecent exposure thing, I can understand. If you’re having sex with anyone in public view, that’s not acceptable. But I wonder if they would have arrested them if they were a straight couple?