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Politics is one of the most complex areas of human thought. So when I heard the claim that scanning people's brains could predict political choices, I was naturally sceptical.
Brain science is achieving extraordinary insights, but mapping what you can measure in a brain scanner on to human social interactions is a huge leap, like trying to find exact correlations between two bowls of soup - only one soup is made from vegetables, macaroni and stock, and the other soup is made up of abstract ideas like economics, equality and history.
But in the US and in Britain, psychologists and neuroscientists are doing serious research into linking political attitudes to what goes on inside our skulls.
"By looking at how the brain is processing political phenomena, we can understand a little better why we're doing what we're doing," says Darren Schreiber, of Exeter University.
Writer and performer Timandra Harkness investigates how our political views are linked to the way our brains function. Personality Politics will be Broadcast on BBC Radio 4
*Listen to the programme*
"I laughed them out of the room," he says. But when John Hibbing and his team at the University of Nebraska showed him their data he changed his tune.
It's like an empty sponge waiting to soak up everything the world has to offer it.
Biology merely determines how well you will learn
I like to believe humans have free will because without it we are nothing and our scientific exploration is fundamentally pointless since we'd have no real choice in the experiments or the measurements we choose to make. So you can either believe the things you just said and believe that science is pointless, or believe that humans have free will and can act beyond the limits dictated by their biology.
The world and our bodies are too complex for the brain to do that without some organizing principle.
The brain and body do have the ability to change their structure over time, but there is an original, default, structure made from biochemistry that is the starting point.
originally posted by: HardCorps
a reply to: SLAYER69
Yeah I believe that---
I used to be a liberal right up until a Mooj helped me earn a second purple heart.
Now I'm like all ultra conservative!
Never trust anyone who's a REMF!
Sorry, one to many hits to the head ya know...
Motivation has a lot to do with learning, and a computer is never motivated.