02 Nov '11, 6pm

He-said, she-punched-him-in-the-face: The imbalance of American party politics via @grist

He-said, she-punched-him-in-the-face: The imbalance of American party politics via @grist

There are aspects of contemporary U.S. politics that mainstream pundits and analysts have trouble facing squarely. One of them is the radicalism of today's Republican Party, not only in terms of policy but at a deeper level, the level of personality and worldview. There's a two-part story to tell about this. The first part has to do with the roots of ideology in psychology, brain science, and even genetics. To what extent are our political beliefs determined by inherited personality types, brain structures, and even DNA? This has been the subject of a lot of interesting scientific work over the past decade. Chris Moody points us to some recent research in The Journal of Politics that traces ideological differences all the way to specific sets of genes. That kind of stuff is obviously tentative and early. A somewhat more robust set of studies traces those differences to str...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-11-02-imbalance-americ...

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