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#1 Apr 14 2011 at 9:42 PM Rating: Good
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Liberals have more grey matter in a part of the brain associated with understanding complexity, while the conservative brain is bigger in the section related to processing fear, said the study today in Current Biology.
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Can't argue with that really...
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#2 Apr 14 2011 at 10:10 PM Rating: Good
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Not only that, but there's a correlation between liberalism/atheism and higher intelligence.

Maybe the "liberal elite" mantra from the conservatives is valid. The question is, once again, why is intelligence bad?
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So being very liberal, monogamous, and atheist aren't THAT rare in this day and age, but they went and through in "nocturnal"? This study reads to me like some stalker fanfic.
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Vague, ambiguous, small study is vague, ambiguous, and small.

I saw this a few days ago and thought about posting it, then went "Nah, it'd just get laughed at."
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Not only that, but there's a correlation between liberalism/atheism and higher intelligence.

Maybe the "liberal elite" mantra from the conservatives is valid. The question is, once again, why is intelligence bad?


intelligence leads to a logic response. Logic does not mix with the republican agenda. That is why intelligence is bad you f*cking think-for-yourselfer.
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Now there is a Quote worth makeing a part of ones signature. LOL!
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Liberals have more grey matter in a part of the brain associated with understanding complexity, while the conservative brain is bigger in the section related to processing fear, said the study today in Current Biology.
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Can't argue with that really...
Did they become conservatives because they were paranoid, or did they become paranoid because they were conservative?

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Are you a non-paranoid conservative, or are you a non-conservative paranoid?
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bsphil wrote:
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Pennies are only kept in circulation so the FBI can get everyone's fingerprints on file.
Nickels are worth more than five cents.
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#18 Apr 15 2011 at 11:21 AM Rating: Decent
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Now that one IS true.
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bsphil wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
Cookies are tracking devices to keep tabs of what you're doing.
Pennies are only kept in circulation so the FBI can get everyone's fingerprints on file.
Nickels are worth more than five cents.


So are dimes, what's you point?
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Elinda wrote:
bsphil wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
Cookies are tracking devices to keep tabs of what you're doing.
Pennies are only kept in circulation so the FBI can get everyone's fingerprints on file.
Nickels are worth more than five cents.


So are dimes, what's you point?
But dimes aren't worth more than ten cents - unless they're the old ones made with silver.

What's your point?

Edited, Apr 15th 2011 7:39pm by Elinda
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Elinda wrote:
Ailitardif, Star Breaker wrote:
Elinda wrote:
bsphil wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
Cookies are tracking devices to keep tabs of what you're doing.
Pennies are only kept in circulation so the FBI can get everyone's fingerprints on file.
Nickels are worth more than five cents.


So are dimes, what's you point?
But dimes aren't worth more than ten cents - unless they're the old ones made with silver.

What's your point?

Edited, Apr 15th 2011 7:39pm by Elinda


Is it too late to change mine?

So are $5 gold pieces, what's your point?
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#22 Apr 15 2011 at 3:43 PM Rating: Decent
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Ailitardif, Star Breaker wrote:
Elinda wrote:
Ailitardif, Star Breaker wrote:
Elinda wrote:
bsphil wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
Cookies are tracking devices to keep tabs of what you're doing.
Pennies are only kept in circulation so the FBI can get everyone's fingerprints on file.
Nickels are worth more than five cents.


So are dimes, what's you point?
But dimes aren't worth more than ten cents - unless they're the old ones made with silver.

What's your point?

Edited, Apr 15th 2011 7:39pm by Elinda


Is it too late to change mine?

So are $5 gold pieces, what's your point?
You can't get $5 gold pieces for $5 though.
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Elinda wrote:
Ailitardif, Star Breaker wrote:
Elinda wrote:
bsphil wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
Cookies are tracking devices to keep tabs of what you're doing.
Pennies are only kept in circulation so the FBI can get everyone's fingerprints on file.
Nickels are worth more than five cents.


So are dimes, what's you point?
But dimes aren't worth more than ten cents - unless they're the old ones made with silver.

What's your point?

Edited, Apr 15th 2011 7:39pm by Elinda


Is it too late to change mine?

So are $5 gold pieces, what's your point?
You can't get $5 gold pieces for $5 though.


Neither are pennies, what's your point? Jeez, I'm just trying to be funny...it wasn't a personal attack.
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Nickels are worth more than five cents.
Now that one IS true.
I take offense to that. Smiley: glare
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Liberals have more grey matter in a part of the brain associated with understanding complexity, while the conservative brain is bigger in the section related to processing fear, said the study today in Current Biology.
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Can't argue with that really...


At the risk of giving much weight to the study at all, that's not remotely what the findings actually show. The larger area of the brain related to processing fear determines whether one faces fears or shrinks away from them. Predictably, conservatives face fearful situations, while liberals tend to run away.

Similarly, the larger area associated with "understanding complexity", really isn't about understanding it so much as accepting it. Specifically, it measures a willingness to accept contradictions out of a belief that complex systems can't be understood fully anyway. Conservatives are less inclined to accept such things.

Which kinda perfectly explains their different views on things like global warming, for example. If we're taking the study at face value anyway.
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Predictably, conservatives face fearful situations, while liberals tend to run away.



Looks like it's about the same though...

Edited, Apr 15th 2011 6:07pm by Ailitardif
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At the risk of giving much weight to the study at all, that's not remotely what the findings actually show. The larger area of the brain related to processing fear determines whether one faces fears or shrinks away from them. Predictably, conservatives face fearful situations, while liberals tend to run away.

Similarly, the larger area associated with "understanding complexity", really isn't about understanding it so much as accepting it. Specifically, it measures a willingness to accept contradictions out of a belief that complex systems can't be understood fully anyway. Conservatives are less inclined to accept such things.

Which kinda perfectly explains their different views on things like global warming, for example. If we're taking the study at face value anyway.

I'm going to tell you all the things you've done wrong here.

1. You've brought more attention to the original topic. While a few posters were giving themselves a handjob over the studies, most were willing to laugh it off and move on, not concerning ourselves with the results. This thread would have been a topic about cookies for a page more at most and then died never to gain much attention. Now you've only drawn more attention to scientific study that can be seen to put your chosen ideological demographic in an unfavorable light.

2. Not only that, but because your refutation is so ridiculous and contains so much blatantly dishonest insertion of speculative reasons for why such results were obtained. This thread--if any of the usual suspects are bored enough--is now going to be all about how incredibly wrong you are and consequently give just that much more validity to the notion that typical conservative leaning individuals are just that much more paranoid.

3. You've left yourself without your typical exit. You have already accepted the study as valid source materiel, and so you've completely closed off the "liberally biased results" door.

In terms of strategy, posting in this thread with anything but a dismissing jest was an awful idea.
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2. Not only that, but because your refutation is so ridiculous and contains so much blatantly dishonest insertion of speculative reasons for why such results were obtained. This thread--if any of the usual suspects are bored enough--is now going to be all about how incredibly wrong you are and consequently give just that much more validity to the notion that typical conservative leaning individuals are just that much more paranoid.


Not bored enough. Especially not to pull the chair out from under someone who doesn't have a leg to stand on.
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Ooooh! Do tell! :)

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1. You've brought more attention to the original topic. While a few posters were giving themselves a handjob over the studies, most were willing to laugh it off and move on, not concerning ourselves with the results. This thread would have been a topic about cookies for a page more at most and then died never to gain much attention. Now you've only drawn more attention to scientific study that can be seen to put your chosen ideological demographic in an unfavorable light.


And what would be the fun of that? In case you haven't noticed, I tend to enjoy a good debate over a topic of some interest. I'm not adverse to the occasional "Here's a cookie!" thread, but this place would be a graveyard of boringness if someone didn't occasionally light a fire.

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2. Not only that, but because your refutation is so ridiculous and contains so much blatantly dishonest insertion of speculative reasons for why such results were obtained. This thread--if any of the usual suspects are bored enough--is now going to be all about how incredibly wrong you are and consequently give just that much more validity to the notion that typical conservative leaning individuals are just that much more paranoid.


If by "incredibly wrong", you mean "reading past the title and the first paragraph", sure. Hey! Knock yourself out.

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3. You've left yourself without your typical exit. You have already accepted the study as valid source materiel, and so you've completely closed off the "liberally biased results" door.


What part of me stating (twice!) that the whole thing is based on "if" we accept the study itself. I'm not interested so much in the validity of the study as the willingness of some posters to leap to a conclusion that they like while failing to read even the whole linked article.

I just found it interesting that the immediate assumption based on the thread title and the one paragraph that was quoted in the OP was that conservatives act on fear while liberals act on intelligent analysis, when that isn't even remotely close to what the article itself said. And that observation doesn't have anything to do with the validity of the study itself. It's more of an observation about the willingness of some posters to blindly accept something when it happens to appear to align with their own beliefs without bothering to look any further.


Which I suppose actually does support the studies findings. But that's just gravy I guess.

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Hah. There's some irony here somewhere. Where could it be? ;)
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There's some irony here somewhere. Where could it be? ;)
In that you've posted seriously twice in a thread no one has taken seriously?
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There's some irony here somewhere. Where could it be? ;)
In that you've posted seriously twice in a thread no one has taken seriously?


Except for Allegory. And now you!

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You didn't think that was simply a plus one with bait for another?
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You didn't think that was simply a plus one with bait for another?


Hahah! I'm not falling for that one!

Of course, you already fell for my bait. Yeah! That's the ticket. I baited you. So stick that in your mackerel and cook it or something!
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Oddly, I prefer cat fish.
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Catfish is good. I'm partial to either Salmon or Halibut depending on the specifics of the dish. Actually, I'll enjoy just about any fish that's actual fish and not some other sea creature/bug/whatever.

Hmmmm... Fish! :)
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Oddly, I prefer cat fish.


Side note. All seafood in America is covered by the FDA except for catfish. The USDA just took it over. It seems that catfish has become too risky to not be 100% regulated.

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Similarly, the larger area associated with "understanding complexity", really isn't about understanding it so much as accepting it. Specifically, it measures a willingness to accept contradictions out of a belief that complex systems can't be understood fully anyway. Conservatives are less inclined to accept such things.

Which kinda perfectly explains their different views on things like global warming, for example. If we're taking the study at face value anyway.
Not sure how you're trying to use that example in a positive light for conservatives. Adamantly rejecting science for no valid reason other than "it's bad for business" is a terrible argument. Try again? lol
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