Tag Archives: Conservative
A lexicon with translations for Californians who are visiting Texas or vice versa
|Diverse or Lifestyle Choice||Perverted|
|Arsenal of Weapons||Gun Collection|
|Undocumented Worker||Illegal Alien|
|Cruelty-Free Materials||Synthetic Fiber|
|Assault and Battery||Attitude Adjustment|
|Taxes or Your Fair Share||Coerced Theft|
|Commonsense Gun Control||Gun Confiscation Plot|
|Illegal Hazardous Explosives||Fireworks or Stump Removal|
|Nonviable Tissue Mass||Unborn Baby|
|Equal Access to Opportunity||Socialism|
|Multicultural Community||High Crime Area|
|Fairness or Social Progress||Marxism|
|Upper Class or “The Rich”||Self-Employed|
|Progressive, Change||Big Government Scheme|
|Homeless or Disadvantaged||Bums or Welfare Leeches|
|Sniper Rifle||Scoped Deer Rifle|
|Investment For the Future||Higher Taxes|
|Healthcare Reform||Socialized Medicine|
|Extremist, Judgmental, or Hater||Conservative|
|Victim or Oppressed||Criminal or Lazy Good-For-Nothing|
|High Capacity Magazine||Standard Capacity Magazine|
|Religious Zealot||Church-going, God fearing|
|Reintroduced Wolves||Sheep and Elk Killers|
|Fair Trade Coffee||Overpriced Yuppie Coffee|
|Exploiters or “The Rich”||Employers or Land Owners|
|The Gun Lobby||NRA Members|
|Assault Weapon||Semi-Auto (Grandpa’s M1 Carbine)|
|Fiscal Stimulus||New Taxes and Higher Taxes|
|Same Sex Marriage||Legalized Perversion|
|Mandated Eco-Friendly Lighting||Chinese Mercury-Laden Light Bulbs|
Yahoo blogger and former Newsweek-worth-a-dollar White House correspondent Holly Baily reports on a study commissioned by
scientist actor Colin Firth where the findings cite differences in the brains of Liberals and Conservatives. Why do I suspect that the Liberal brain will come off sounding better?
Holly writes, “Using data from MRI scans, researchers at the University College London found that self-described liberals have a larger anterior cingulate cortex–a gray matter of the brain associated with understanding complexity. Meanwhile, self-described conservatives are more likely to have a larger amygdala, an almond-shaped area that is associated with fear and anxiety.”
One might think a Conservative will cling to their guns and their bibles.
Funny thing on the way to Holly’s links. When you follow her links, the words “understand” and “complex” are nowhere to be found. Sorry, I wasn’t going to pay $31.50 to read the full article from Science Direct. In one of her links, Conservatives were said to be “sensitive to threat or anxiety in the face of uncertainty”. Sounds a little different than “associated with fear and anxiety”, or is it just me?
I guess if we’re going to spin things, we could look up the Liberal’s Anterior Cingulate Cortex and find that “neuroimaging studies have also identified the ACC’s involvement in transient mood changes, depression and anxiety disorders”. At least I wouldn’t have to add words that aren’t in the article.
When we look into the larger Amygdala in Conservatives, we can find a Boston study that indicates that those with larger Amygdala are “social butterflies” and “live in larger and more complex groups”.
“The study examined 58 adults, between 19 and 83 years of age, using brain scanners and a survey that measured participants’ social networks. Researchers found the size of other brain regions was not correlated with the size of the social network.”
Thanks Holly for your article; we’re sure you didn’t mean to introduce any subjective bias into the objective science.
And thanks to commenter Benjamin for this old joke:
A Cannibal goes to the butcher. He sees lawyer brains @ 8.99/lb, doctors brains @ 10.59/lb and politicians brains @ 39.50/lb. He asks, “Why so high for politician’s brains?”
Butcher replies, “Do you know how many politicians have to die to get a pound of brains?”