reply to post by Ghost375
Ok so you want your cake and you want to eat it too.
What about TOO MUCH liberalism?
How is that bad? Give me some research studies.
If you don't find any, it's not because liberalism has no dark side.
Would like to hear from somebody about that.
But anyway, I understand the argument. Conservative principles are based on old thoughts. You don't need to have effortful thought when you're simply
regurgitating traditional thoughts. It's just like reading the bible as opposed to writing your own revision. Memorizing is NOT effortful thinking. If
all humans did was regurgitate then there'd be no innovation. There'd be nothing new in the world.
HOWEVER, sometimes old thoughts work. Sometimes we need to be good at memorizing and regurgitating. This coin has a flip-side and it's foolish to
think liberalism has no dark side.
Here's another link about this liberal/conservative divide:
www.cosmosmagazine.com - Brains of liberals and conservatives
A group of 43 right-handed subjects were asked to perform a series of computer tests designed to evaluate their unrehearsed response to cues urging
them to break a well-established routine.
“People often drive home from work on the same route, day after day, such that it becomes habitual and doesn’t involve much thinking,” Amodio
explained by way of comparison. “But occasionally there is road work, or perhaps an animal crosses the road, and you need to break out of your
habitual response in order to deal with this new information.”
Using electroencephalographs, which measure neuronal impulses, the researchers examined activity in a part of the brain – the anterior cingulate
cortex – that is strongly linked with the self-regulatory process of conflict monitoring.
The match-up was unmistakable: respondents who had described themselves as liberals or left-wing showed “significantly greater conflict-related
neural activity” when the hypothetical situation called for an unscheduled break in routine. Conservatives or right-wingers, however, were less
flexible, refusing to deviate from old habits “despite signals that this … should be changed.”
Note that my intent is not to prove that liberals are BETTER than conservatives. But I think there's a gulf right now in the research. We need to be
more critical about this and not assume things.
There's a reason this divide exists, I believe. And it's not because conservatives are deficient.
edit on 11-3-2013 by jonnywhite because: (no