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How the city hurts your brain (or Why Cities are Mostly Democrat)
Boston Globe ^ | 2 Jan 09 | By Jonah Lehrer

Posted on 01/08/2009 2:00:53 PM PST by helpfulresearcher

Now scientists have begun to examine how the city affects the brain, and the results are chastening. Just being in an urban environment, they have found, impairs our basic mental processes. After spending a few minutes on a crowded city street, the brain is less able to hold things in memory, and suffers from reduced self-control. While it's long been recognized that city life is exhausting -- that's why Picasso left Paris -- this new research suggests that cities actually dull our thinking, sometimes dramatically so.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: brain; city; democrat; stupid
This may explain why so many cities are Democrat. Cities automatically make people stupid, lacking in forethought, and hedonistic.
1 posted on 01/08/2009 2:00:53 PM PST by helpfulresearcher
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To: helpfulresearcher

Because the cities are for pigeons and Democrats have brains the size of a pigeon’s brain.


2 posted on 01/08/2009 2:02:44 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: helpfulresearcher
Seems I remember a study done one time that suggested this, and other things.

Seems they put some type of rodent into a closed container one at a time.
The acted like any normal rodent until they hit a tipping point.
After the tipping point they became aggressive, to the point of cannabilism.

Is it any wonder that our urban areas have become a site for gang shootings, terror in the streets, home invasions, etc?

3 posted on 01/08/2009 2:04:51 PM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: helpfulresearcher

Search first...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2160004/posts


4 posted on 01/08/2009 2:06:19 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Just another Joe

I remember a similar one where they increased the rat density to a certain point and those things happened, plus homosexuality.


5 posted on 01/08/2009 2:07:54 PM PST by helpfulresearcher (Biparisanship: The PC Term for Collaboration with the Enemy)
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To: Tarpon

No, it’s because pigeons need training and shufflin’ democraps are the preferred aim because declaring as democrats they’ve proven they’re pigeons.


6 posted on 01/08/2009 2:08:05 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: Just another Joe
"Is it any wonder that our urban areas have become a site for gang shootings, terror in the streets, home invasions, etc? "

That's it. The taxpayers should fund a program to move all the ghetto folks to rural areas. Would they go to work then?

7 posted on 01/08/2009 2:08:52 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
That's it. The taxpayers should fund a program to move all the ghetto folks to rural areas. Would they go to work then?

Too late for the ones already affected.

8 posted on 01/08/2009 2:09:52 PM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Tarpon

Pigeons also know where to find a hand-out and sh*t on the very people who feed them. But unlike Lieberal Democrats, they can be cute.


9 posted on 01/08/2009 2:10:52 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: MHGinTN

Pigeons are easy kills and taste just like chicken, really.


10 posted on 01/08/2009 2:10:59 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: Vigilanteman

and good to eat. At least the country pigeons are. Taste like chicken.


11 posted on 01/08/2009 2:11:55 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: helpfulresearcher

This may explain why so many cities are Democrat. Cities automatically make people stupid, lacking in forethought, and hedonistic.

Dumber than stumps!


12 posted on 01/08/2009 2:14:30 PM PST by Bitsy
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To: Tarpon

Never eaten pigeon. I’d guess they’re a lot like doves though, and I’ve eaten lots of those, some of which I took away from my old killer cat to cook when I was a kid!


13 posted on 01/08/2009 2:15:55 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: helpfulresearcher
Sprawling on the fringes of the city
In geometric order
An insulated border
In between the bright lights
And the far unlit unknown

Growing up it all seems so one-sided
Opinions all provided
The future pre-decided
Detached and subdivided
In the mass production zone
Nowhere is the dreamer or the misfit so alone

(Subdivisions)
In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out
(Subdivisions)
In the basement bars
In the backs of cars
Be cool or be cast out

Any escape might help to smooth
the unattractive truth
But the suburbs have no charms
to soothe the restless dreams of youth

Drawn like moths we drift into the city
The timeless old attraction
Cruising for the action
Lit up like a firefly
Just to feel the living night

Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory
of lighted streets on quiet nights...


(Subdivisions)
In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out
(Subdivisions)
In the basement bars
In the backs of cars
Be cool or be cast out

Any escape might help to smooth
the unattractive truth
But the suburbs have no charms
to soothe the restless dreams of youth



14 posted on 01/08/2009 2:17:22 PM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Bitsy
Dumber than stumps? Hey, let's not get personal.
15 posted on 01/08/2009 2:18:30 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: helpfulresearcher
For a species that evolved to live in small, primate tribes on the African savannah

Ah... the inherent acceptance of ubiquitous atheism...

God did tell Abraham to stay out of the cities. And his nephew Lot sure found out that it wasn't all that great a place to be.

How about "People were created to enjoy God's creation and not live in a hive"?

16 posted on 01/08/2009 2:21:29 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: helpfulresearcher
But they hide this at the end of the article:

the very same urban features that trigger lapses in attention and memory -- the crowded streets, the crushing density of people -- also correlate with measures of innovation, as strangers interact with one another in unpredictable ways. It is the "concentration of social interactions" that is largely responsible for urban creativity, according to the scientists. The density of 18th-century London may have triggered outbreaks of disease, but it also led to intellectual breakthroughs

17 posted on 01/08/2009 2:21:34 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (What's Obama's Secret?)
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To: helpfulresearcher

Cities automatically make people stupid, lacking in forethought, and hedonistic.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

My upbringing was almost backwoods, a mile off the nearest paved road, two hours from the nearest thing that could really be called a city. When first exposed to the big city I found it exciting but I have never wanted to live in the city. Between 1972 and 1982 I went to the Chicago suburbs three times for schools that totaled thirteen weeks. I literally could not comprehend why anyone wants to live there if they have a choice.
I have often wondered what most lifelong city dwellers would do if they had to live as my parents did. People used to have to plan ahead and do things of their own initiative or suffer the consequences, when the Earth started warming in spring they had to have plans made to plant what they would need to harvest in the fall. When fall came they had to cut firewood as well as harvest the crops. I see a lot of people now who seem to have no concept of planning ahead for anything.


18 posted on 01/08/2009 2:26:21 PM PST by RipSawyer (Great Grandpa was a Confederate soldier from the cradle of secession.)
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To: helpfulresearcher

Large metropolitan areas do two things:
-The city attracts people who have a need or a desire to be “taken care of”.
Whether that need or desire is for convenience, security, mass transit,
universities, or a multitude of other “government provided services”.
-The city then also breeds that dependency into all the other people
who may happen to live there for jobs, etc.


19 posted on 01/08/2009 2:32:55 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: Vigilanteman

How much cellulite is in the Senate, anyway?


21 posted on 01/08/2009 2:33:34 PM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: helpfulresearcher

Peggy Noonan lives in a rather large city, eh?


22 posted on 01/08/2009 2:34:42 PM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: helpfulresearcher
Cities automatically make people stupid, lacking in forethought, and hedonistic.

Hence the city-dwelling species known as homo moronicus democratus.

23 posted on 01/08/2009 2:56:29 PM PST by Starboard
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To: MHGinTN

The farm pigeons are good to eat, but city pigeons, not so much. I would be concerned with disease with city pigeons, and Democrats for that matter LOL. Plenty of farms, when I was young, were infested with the things and farmers used to pay us to hunt them $1 a head. Crows included. First we had to chase them out in the fields, then bang!.

Doves are much harder to hit than pigeons. Taste about the same. When we weren’t having much luck with the peasant and grouse we would stop by the farm on the way home and get a few pigeons.


24 posted on 01/08/2009 3:06:47 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: RipSawyer

People live in cities for specific reasons:

A)It’s possible to make a great deal of money in a relatively short amount of time.

B)It’s possible to compete in terms of skill set against some of the best in the world.

C)To indulge a passion, such as art, music, etc.


25 posted on 01/08/2009 3:17:15 PM PST by durasell
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To: Vigilanteman

Lookin at that pic, livin in the city make you ug-lee too.


26 posted on 01/08/2009 3:31:14 PM PST by upchuck (Get ready for 2009: Pray; Raise/conserve cash; Pay your debts; Pray; Stockpile; Buy ammo; Pray)
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To: durasell
Some capabilities get dulled by urban life.

Other capacities are sharpened.

Urbanites don't notice or care about some things that people from small communities do see and take in an interest in.

But they make up for that by developing other skills and things to focus on.

It looks like the researchers didn't get to the bottom of that.

27 posted on 01/08/2009 3:33:57 PM PST by x
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To: helpfulresearcher

Bump for later. Thanks.


28 posted on 01/08/2009 3:37:52 PM PST by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925)
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To: durasell

Yes, our best and brightest live in the city.


29 posted on 01/08/2009 3:38:15 PM PST by Guns are GOOD
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To: x

It’s just another way to live — no better or worse than any other way. Depends on the person.

On the other hand, the crisis that nobody seems willing to talk about is the rapid depopulation of many rural communities.

The other thing I’ve noticed as a city dweller is the influx of rural folks who are unsuited to city life and end up getting into large amounts of trouble.


30 posted on 01/08/2009 3:40:50 PM PST by durasell
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To: Guns are GOOD

Yes, our best and brightest live in the city.


Not always, though certainly our most ambitious.


31 posted on 01/08/2009 3:42:14 PM PST by durasell
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To: helpfulresearcher

Thank God I’m a country boy!


32 posted on 01/08/2009 4:04:27 PM PST by Be_Politically_Erect (Don't be a Mawworm!)
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To: upchuck

Ugly is free, but I think you have to work really, really hard to get as stupid as Barbara Boxer or Patrica Bin Murray.


33 posted on 01/08/2009 4:28:15 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: helpfulresearcher

We always joke, when we have to drive into Boston, that we need tin foil hats, because folks who cross the border into the city seem to have lost IQ points, if they ever had that many.


34 posted on 01/08/2009 4:45:02 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: helpfulresearcher
This really is not a new idea or concept:

"The mobs of the great cities add just so much to the support of pure government, as sores do to the strength of the human body."
-Thomas Jefferson

Ol' Tom pretty much had it pegged, dint he?

35 posted on 01/08/2009 7:50:13 PM PST by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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To: Right Wing Assault

The “”concentration of social interactions” that is largely responsible for urban creativity” can be created better on the internet...

Free Republic being a good example thereof.


36 posted on 01/08/2009 9:26:36 PM PST by helpfulresearcher (Biparisanship: The PC Term for Collaboration with the Enemy)
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To: Vigilanteman
I live right outside Willy Jefferson country - I know what I'm talking about. Of course, my brilliant Senator Landrieu is pictured here so maybe that disqualifies my comment.
37 posted on 01/09/2009 6:18:37 AM PST by Bitsy
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