Threat and Politics: Are Political Views Rooted in Biology?

Oct 31, 2008 Full story: www.sciencentral.com 198

New research has found that people with strong opposing political views might also have very different physical responses to threat.

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Adrian in Tacoma

Tacoma, WA

#1 Oct 31, 2008
Can you say Saddam Hussein and Kim Il Jong, abit askew aview the psychosocialisms...

“a'Round We Go”

Since: Apr 08

Williamsport, PA

#2 Nov 1, 2008
It is nuture not nature that makes you who you are. Compassion and agression are learned responses to stimuli.

“Unions are still scum ”

Since: Dec 07

Atlanta

#3 Nov 1, 2008
And the next step will be drugs given to those that do not share your views. Obama is getting a headstart on his New World Order.

“Baby got back. ”

Since: Jul 08

Mililani, Hawaii

#4 Nov 1, 2008
“We’re hoping that people might be a little more understanding of those with whom they disagree in that those individuals are probably experiencing the world or at least experiencing threats differently than the people on your side,” Hibbing adds."

No kiddin'? Really?

Well hot damn!

And here I presumed the "other side" was just stupid.

....

Hmmmmmm. Then again.

Heh.

“Baby got back. ”

Since: Jul 08

Mililani, Hawaii

#5 Nov 1, 2008
MSO4 wrote:
And the next step will be drugs given to those that do not share your views.....
Thus how drugs like Ritalin were created for kids not acting like other, "normal", ones.

“Unions are still scum ”

Since: Dec 07

Atlanta

#6 Nov 1, 2008
Kehaulani wrote:
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Thus how drugs like Ritalin were created for kids not acting like other, "normal", ones.
Glad you mentioned "Ritalin". Right after class II diet pills were banned in the 70's, drug makers found this new disease ADD, and a whole new market for uppers opened up. Sad but true.

Since: Jul 07

Jacksonville, FL

#7 Nov 1, 2008
Yes, because I believe genuine stupidity is inherent thus explaining the generations of welfare breeders to vote for Obama.

Since: Nov 07

Great Bend, PA

#8 Nov 1, 2008
Joe_ wrote:
Yes, because I believe genuine stupidity is inherent thus explaining the generations of welfare breeders to vote for Obama.
Perfect.

A 'Threat response' reaction to the article about threat responses.

The article is not even a slightly new idea if you have been paying attention to the posts.

If you buy into the fear being sold you go one way - if you don't you go the other... the specifics are fairly unimportant.

It doesn't matter if there WERE WMDs... for some folks perceived threat is threat, pure and simple and intellectual rejoinder is, for the most part, irrelevant.

That's why fear works until people begin to doubt the source or the validity of the claims. And even they there will be 9 - 13%(What are Bush's numbers, again?) who'll be unmoved from their position under the bed.
Alan

Seffner, FL

#10 Nov 1, 2008
Interesting stuff. I think they should do a study to confirm the correlation between conservative political views and brain damage.
Blackinjun

Cape Charles, VA

#11 Nov 1, 2008
I'd say go to the root of this idea of politics to consider a possible answer. It's an idea developed from greek cultural thought and behavior and then conjoined in european cultural thought and behavior.

Politics is an idea that by its very nature is divisive. Similar to present philosophies about religion, democracy, capitalism, etc. it is a control mechanism.

Therefore it can be manipulated for that purpose. So when people "feel" this threat from the "other" side, that's what it's intended to produce. That's its purpose.

I would think if one wanted harmony, then we should develop another system. But that's wouldn't satisfy those who pull the strings now would it?

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#12 Nov 1, 2008
considering how the parties attempt to appeal to their base. They already had this figured out.
Bush,McCain,Palin,Cheney all use a forceful were gonna fight 'em attitude.
Clinton,Obama,Biden,Gore all use measured,patient,thoughtful responses.
Both work in different situations.A leader who can access all the above is what is called a great leader.
Go vote. Obama!
Blackinjun

Cape Charles, VA

#13 Nov 1, 2008
ucantbsrius wrote:
considering how the parties attempt to appeal to their base. They already had this figured out.
Bush,McCain,Palin,Cheney all use a forceful were gonna fight 'em attitude.
Clinton,Obama,Biden,Gore all use measured,patient,thoughtful responses.
Both work in different situations.A leader who can access all the above is what is called a great leader.
Go vote. Obama!
what u say is true, however where will politics, as we know it, lead us? I say eventually to societal collapse.

The foundation of politics appeals to fear and scarcity because it pits one group against another for limited resources. However the rhetoric is directed at our "higher" senses, which is a rational not based in reality, for either group.

What happens when the rational meets the reality? You'll have marshall law to control the mob who now faces the reality of scarcity and a deeper divide between the haves' and have nots.

This is politics european style.

But it will take some time to get to that point, I think, so in the meantime don't worry, be happy!

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#14 Nov 1, 2008
Blackinjun wrote:
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what u say is true, however where will politics, as we know it, lead us? I say eventually to societal collapse.
The foundation of politics appeals to fear and scarcity because it pits one group against another for limited resources. However the rhetoric is directed at our "higher" senses, which is a rational not based in reality, for either group.
What happens when the rational meets the reality? You'll have marshall law to control the mob who now faces the reality of scarcity and a deeper divide between the haves' and have nots.
This is politics european style.
But it will take some time to get to that point, I think, so in the meantime don't worry, be happy!
Thanks for putting that perspective on it.The thing I find somewhat exclusive to the USA is the year round in the ring fighting that goes on. People are aware of what is happening in Politics in other countries, but I believe the winning ticket is worth so much in the USA the Propaganda is in your face all the time.At levels I can only describe as nauseating.
It is unfortunate, because there is so much more to life than political ideology and working.

Since: Jun 07

United States

#15 Nov 1, 2008
Oh great! First we're told being gay is "in the genes".
Now people are going to claim: "I was born a stupid liberal."
Halito

Las Vegas, NV

#16 Nov 1, 2008
Well what is the study of tics called?
Registered Republican

Meriden, CT

#17 Nov 1, 2008
No. I think this election has been founded on fear. Both sides have done it, but McCain has done about 5 times the fear mongering that the Obama camp has.
I grew up pretty much color blind, so I never really gave skin color or religion consideration. Here in Connecticut I voted for Gary Franks for congress years ago, because he was the best man; I didn't give his skin color any thought at all.
I was about 51/49 for McCain until he added Palin to the mix. She is clearly not qualified and at best is a very bad joke. I can't take the chance on her becoming president should McCain get ill, so I've voting for Obama. Again, race doesn't come into it for me, because he is the best candidate.
Registered Republican

Meriden, CT

#18 Nov 1, 2008
David Divelbiss wrote:
Oh great! First we're told being gay is "in the genes".
Now people are going to claim: "I was born a stupid liberal."
If it is in the genes, where do you think Palin got her stupid genetics?
Halito

Las Vegas, NV

#19 Nov 1, 2008
David Divelbiss wrote:
Oh great! First we're told being gay is "in the genes".
Now people are going to claim: "I was born a stupid liberal."
At one time gay meant you were happy... Where does that word gay come from?
Halito

Las Vegas, NV

#20 Nov 1, 2008
Born free...
Halito

Las Vegas, NV

#21 Nov 1, 2008
MSO4 wrote:
<quoted text>Glad you mentioned "Ritalin". Right after class II diet pills were banned in the 70's, drug makers found this new disease ADD, and a whole new market for uppers opened up. Sad but true.
Now we have really smart drug dealers who didn't like the crap they were being fed in school...

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