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    Partisanship will not change your brain structure, your brain structure may determine if you end of a conservative or liberal and how conservative or liberal. Liberals are all about "feelings" and "emotions" and tend to be right brain, conservatives are logical and analytical in their thinking. That would account for liberals obsessed with what they call "fairness", it's an emotional reaction to everyone being slightly different in the IQ area, to a lib. it's "unfair" and their "emotional" solution is to equalize the life of those less fortunate in brain power. Thus we have entitlements. To a conservative, being rational, logical and analytical, when confronted by a person lacking IQ to be a brain surgeon, they rationally and logically search for a way to TEACH them to be successful in a field of endeavor that does not require the IQ of a brain surgeon. Conservatives believe that that person would be just as happy being a very good whatever, store clerk, plumbers helper, file clerk, etc. as the person with the IQ capable of being a brain surgeon. Logically, we all can't be the same at the end of the day, but rationally, we can all be taught to use the abilities we have to the greatest power and thus be happy with ourselves, no hand outs needed.
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    Nah, Libs. just can't help themselves, but one of them who seems to reply to us all the time, shows that they also can't think very well. Note to self: Snappy retort of the insult variety is NOT a substitute for witty conversation, ever.
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    @Tralee - what frustrates me the most here on Politix is the relentless us vs them attitudes of several folks on both ends of the extreme. When have you ever entered a comment that didn't trash "those libs" in some manner?
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    Hey now, i'm 21 and work 45 hours a week and consistently had a job at all times since I was 14. I like to think I have a very strong work ethic thank you very much. Not everyone I'm my generation is a bum!
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    Nope Mary, I was down to only 2 brain cells long ago, however ever since I joined Politix they have stopped talking to one another.
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    This coming from a user with the name "Wafflecone."

    We know liberals do...they sit on them daily...that is why they are full of :beep:
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    What I want to know is what about libertarians? What about independents? What about socially conservative, economically liberal people?
  • #119
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    This explains why you can argue facts to most of those who belong to either party and the facts will totally be ignored. Both the GOP and Democrat Party are cults.
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    Well, I'm a Republican with a pretty high IQ...and quite sane, as we have to do
    self evals, and mine are always at the top. Sooo, I guess becoming a Republican
    has not only made me more intelligent, but more sane as well.( ;
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    Someone once told me " if one isn't a liberal before the age of 21, they don't have a heart. If one isn't a conservative after the age of 21, they don't have a brain. " . ;-]
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    There is certainly a definite difference in liberal and conservative thinking. Liberals tend to be less pragmatic and more concerned with good intentions than good results. I can't make myself think like a liberal. Thank God.
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    The word should probably be neural activity. In the same way that extreme religious conversion changes the neural activity of an individual, people who identify strongly with certain things can be characterized and identified. It does not surprise me, but it also has a secondary component of structuring Democrats and Republicans as separate beings with distinct characteristics to be identified with. This is a dangerous construct, and it needs to be pointed out that it is not foolproof.
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    "Being a Republican or Democrat Changes Your Brain Structure" HMMM.....are we talking shrinkage here? That would be my best guess as I've always found that someone who doesn't question structured political/party lines generally have no ideas themselves!
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    This is based on their observation of the current state of politics and the extremists involved. Of course people supporting the current republican party and teabaggers are going to be less intelligent or have brain damage. It's part of their environment of ignorance and confidence in their ignorant beliefs. Just as the insane leftists that fight against windmills because a few birds fly into the turbines or the Vapor Trail idiots have the same issues. Stupid will always be different from normal people. This study is meaningless and will never stand up to peer review scrutiny.
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    I should have known you would put Republicans as being unintelligent. Also, get a clue, the Republican have nothing to do with the tea party, which is almost on it's death bed bed! Thank God! I cannot stand the tea party movement!
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    @BelinKS Try reading again and then reference where I said ALL republicans and then see if I said that some Democrats fall into the category of ignorant. This is not an either/all issue, the overwhelming majority of the current people that watch Fox News and get their news from propaganda sources are calling themselves Republican and those people are ignorant and of low intelligence.
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    No doubt republicans have different brain structures: Todd Akin; sarah palin; murdock; ted bundy; michelle buchmann; rush limbough; ann coulter; dan quail; baby bush; i could go on, but i think you get the point...
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    @thatgirl This particular 'study' sounds very familiar, especially the institutions involved. I want to say it made the rounds last winter too.
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    @Realthinker I dont remember it, but I trust your memory, one wonders what the reasons are for being trotted out again.
  • #126
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    So, according to this article if a person is socially liberal and fiscally conservative ( libertarian), they are using both sides of their brain. therefore they must be more intelligent than partisan politicos.
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    Republicans are driven by the "bigotry" center of the brain, and Democrats are powered by the "petty envy" portion of the brain.
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