A study at University College London in the UK has found that conservatives’ brains have larger amygdalas than the brains of liberals. Amygdalas are responsible for fear and other “primitive” emotions. At the same time, conservatives’ brains were also found to have a smaller anterior cingulate — the part of the brain responsible for courage and optimism.
If the study is confirmed, it could give us the first medical explanation for why conservatives tend to be more receptive to threats of terrorism, for example, than liberals. And it may help to explain why conservatives like to plan based on the worst-case scenario, while liberals tend towards rosier outlooks.
“It is very significant because it does suggest there is something about political attitudes that are either encoded in our brain structure through our experience or that our brain structure in some way determines or results in our political attitudes,” Geraint Rees, the neurologist who carried out the study, told the media.
While I respect their findings and their attempts to find out why republicans tend to live in fear(what color is the terror alert level today?), I think they over thought the problem. I just realized the basis to the republicans fear!
They are scared that Scott Walker is going to ask them for money! It does not matter if republicans are in WI, AZ, FL, Ny or anywhere in between. They are not safe from Scott Walker following them around with his hand out! They can’t even have a have a simple convention without Scott Walker begging for money!
Towards the end of Scott Walker’s CPAC speech, he seemed to have switched into telethon mode as he talked of his needs for financial support from the conservative crowd. He plugged his website, explained how people could donate through text to his campaign, and even started talking about how every dollar would help ending his begging, “anything, anything big or small, one dollar, one dollar could pay for another phone call or another flyer.”
The one thing we know Scott walker has no interest in doing? Being Governor of Wisconsin!