Maybe it will show the republicans processing the data they are receiving, while the democrats react to it.
posted on 04/20/2004 9:32:44 AM PDT
Actually, I would like to see more research like this. I have believed for years that liberals have fundamentally different brain processes than myself. As far as I can tell, they are deeply unconnected from reality and dwell more in the realm of feelings and nice interactions than do conservatives.
So the liberal tends to judge political memes by how they make the liberal feel, especially in how the liberal models how others will perceive him for his judgment.
Conservatives tend to be less oriented to other's perceptions (thank God, because we take brickbats and epithets constantly--I was a conservative student in the 60's. Didn't get a lot of positive feedback).
I also think this explains why liberals tend to clump together--in academia, in the media, etc. They limit the negative feedback. Conservatives tend to spread out more and accept the fact that they will be hurled on periodically by others.
It also explains why liberals react so violently to criticism of their ideas. They tend to isolate themselves amongst their own kind. Amongst themselves, conservative criticism would be more than criticism, it would be betrayal. So they react to any criticsm of their politics as betrayal.
"Professors" such as these seem unable to separate their own weltanschaung from external reality. Such failures are, in no small part, why those in the hard sciences hold the soft sciences is such disdain.
In this case, what could have been an interesting, and possibly enlightening, project was degraded to a mere political puff piece by the "soft" scientists's inability to follow even the most basic application of the scientific method.
posted on 04/20/2004 10:59:20 AM PDT
(In a society predicated upon liberty, it is essential to examine principles - -)
1. I think this line of research should be pursued thoroughly
2. I do not believe the technology is yet precise enough nor the data sample large enough to make any conclusive statements
posted on 04/20/2004 12:52:05 PM PDT
by King Prout
(poets and philosophers should NEVER pretend to Engineering... especially SOCIAL Engineering!)
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