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Thread: Ideology and the brain

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    Re: Ideology and the brain

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Can you prove how genes affect political leans? I've taken genetics in college and we did learn about genes that can influence behavior, but I don't think there is a "liberal" or "Hindu" gene out there.
    There's no liberal gene, no Hindu gene, and no proof for any of this either way. But it's just common sense. For example, a lot of our ideologies derives from the methods we approach issues with, our level of intellectual curiosity, and such like that, and it's pretty hard to argue that these things have no basis in genes. It's not as if there's genes which make people liberal and conservative, but it's very likely that there's genes which give people traits that, when applied to the modern political spectrum, would then make one more likely to lean one way or the other.

    I seem to remember seeing a psychologist (Jonathan Haidt) assert that conservatism was actually partially hereditary, but I didn't read that whole article so I don't know if he elaborated.
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    Re: Ideology and the brain

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    There's no liberal gene, no Hindu gene, and no proof for any of this either way. But it's just common sense. For example, a lot of our ideologies derives from the methods we approach issues with, our level of intellectual curiosity, and such like that, and it's pretty hard to argue that these things have no basis in genes. It's not as if there's genes which make people liberal and conservative, but it's very likely that there's genes which give people traits that, when applied to the modern political spectrum, would then make one more likely to lean one way or the other.

    I seem to remember seeing a psychologist (Jonathan Haidt) assert that conservatism was actually partially hereditary, but I didn't read that whole article so I don't know if he elaborated.
    The problem with arguments like that is things like intellectual curiosity do not necessarily lead two different people to arrive at the same conclusions.
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    Re: Ideology and the brain

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    The problem with arguments like that is things like intellectual curiosity do not necessarily lead two different people to arrive at the same conclusions.
    No, but they can lead one person to a different conclusion, and they can lead groups of people to groups of conclusions. I'm willing to bet that a high level of intellectual curiosity would overall make people much more likely to be either liberal or libertarian - but again, it's not that the modern spectrum is derived from genetics, it's the other way around.

    Anyways, that's just one factor. The way your mind works is largely influenced by genetics, and your politics is largely influenced by the way your mind works. Not 100% or even a majority for either necessarily, but still to a notable extent.

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