03 Nov '11, 7pm

The GOP brain, explained by @drgrist:

The GOP brain, explained by @drgrist:

Your brain on conservatism. Yesterday I sketched the sort of personality type most likely to identify as conservative : those who prefer stability to change, order to complexity, familiarity to novelty, and conformity to creativity. This sort of personality type is drawn to clear lines separating in-groups from out-groups, highly aware of social hierarchies, suspicious of change, and strongly inclined toward system justification , i.e., seeing the prevailing socioeconomic regime as worthy and desirable I often think that the actions and rhetoric of today's conservative politicians are easier to make sense of at this level, the level of temperament and worldview, than at the level of stated principles and policy proposals. Seeing through this lens can help make sense of a lot of stuff that otherwise looks hypocritical or absurd. In particular, it can help make sense of the ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-11-03-gop-brain-explai...

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