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    Re: AFP: Brain structure differs in liberals, conservatives: study

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Ha!

    Their version of liberal is more like libertarian.
    No it's not, their left wing parties go for the 'new liberalism' stuffo, and so it has similar meaning to in the US.
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    Re: AFP: Brain structure differs in liberals, conservatives: study

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce View Post
    No it's not, their left wing parties go for the 'new liberalism' stuffo, and so it has similar meaning to in the US.
    Nuh uh, Lib-dems are definitely liberal.

    It kinda correlates with my own theory and a thread we have in the loft.
    Although my theory did not involve larger gray matter but more acceptance of danger.
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    Re: AFP: Brain structure differs in liberals, conservatives: study

    I think a comparative brain scan study of birthers and truthers would yield far more entertaining results.

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    Re: AFP: Brain structure differs in liberals, conservatives: study

    To be honest though, we'd have to figure out what the term "liberal" and "conservative" is actually defined as per the individual participants before we could make an accurate assessment.

    Edit: I'm not paying $31 to find out.
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    Re: AFP: Brain structure differs in liberals, conservatives: study

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Dude, in the traditional meaning of conservative, American conservatives and liberals are conservative on the UK scale.
    Is this the correct quote/response?

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    Re: AFP: Brain structure differs in liberals, conservatives: study

    Quote Originally Posted by What if...? View Post
    Is this the correct quote/response?

    I don't get it.
    Yea, assuming you mean the American Conservative and Liberal political stances, they are both conservative by traditional standards of the UK.

    The paper for this study was authored in the UK.
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    Re: AFP: Brain structure differs in liberals, conservatives: study

    If I had a dollar for every time I've seen or heard of a study that shows that either liberals are smarter than conservatives, conservatives are smarter than liberals, or that the brain structure of one side is different than the brain structure of the other, I could retire.
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    Re: AFP: Brain structure differs in liberals, conservatives: study

    I thought the anterior cingulate cortex was associated with experiencing pain, not with “understanding complexity.” "Understanding complexity" is your freakin' prefrontal cortex.

    I’d totally believe that conservatives exercise the “fear” portion of their brain more often, and that liberals exercise the “experiencing (empathic) pain” portion of their brain.

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    Re: AFP: Brain structure differs in liberals, conservatives: study

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    2 possible answers to that,

    One, your brain changes as it learns new information or two, your brain was already wired to accept your changed views, it's just the other methods (maybe conditioning) overrides your acceptance of the view.
    You forgot the option where the study is crap
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: AFP: Brain structure differs in liberals, conservatives: study

    So - what of the people who identify with a party eventhough it doesn't resemble their actual political views? And I've met many of passionate and quite angry and fearful liberals. Their study is too small - but reading the actual research notes from the source would be interesting.

    The brain is really quite fascinating - almost everything we adhere to in life, and even find funny, has to do with uncontrolled synapses and the developed (or underdevelopment) quandrants of the brain itself. What we find funny is determined by what information reaches the medical prefrontal ventral cortex, for example.

    It's really rather depressing (here I am engaging my sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems) to think that we are in less control of ourselves as we think - seeing as how more and more bits and pieces of what makes us "ourselves" aren't actually an issue of free-will at all but more so genetics and prenatal development.

    Let's suppose that for those like me who can't always decide what side we identify with actually engage both equally, then? (If the findings are accurate). That makes sense to me, then. Last night I was listening to the different debates on Cspan over the temporary budget measure and I agreed equally with everyone. LOL
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