I’ve always figured there were hard-wired differences between people of different politics. After all, if one believes that a person’s sexuality is not their own choosing (and I don’t believe it is), then why not politics? People get just as passionate about their politics as about sex - often mixing the two. Just ask any Senator, if you can pry him away from a page long enough or catch one before he goes into the public restroom! :grin:
Here is a story about a completely different study (albeit with a tiny sample group) that suggests brain differences between Ds and Rs. Granted, which came first, the chicken or the egg? Do Ds and Rs have different brains because they were born that way, or did years of being Ds and Rs cause the brain changes? Even if the latter, could the Ds and Rs still have legitimate reasons to dislike the other? Each side may not be able to control who they are politically to some degree.
Some other studies on the differences between the two major political parties:
Professor Lee Sigelman of George Washington University examined over 20 years of survey data collected by University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. Overall, he found Democrats less affluent, more distrustful, more sickly and more suicidal. Sigelman said, “Democrats can be expected to inhabit a Hobbesian state of nature, a world in which life is poor, short, solitary, brutish and nasty.” What are the odds of this just happening only to Democrats unless their genes or brains were doing something to help cause it?
“Primetime Live” did a sex survey (being a TV show, I don’t know how accurate the study is), but their findings were Republicans were more likely to be satisfied with their sex lives, more likely to wear something sexy, and more likely to be in a committed relationship than Democrats. Republicans were also less likely to fake orgasms! As Larry Elder said commenting on these studies, “No wonder Democrats are unhappy, unhealthy and anti-social.” :grin:
It may fly in the face of our belief (and desire) to have complete freewill over who we are as humans, but what if a person is “preordained” to incline to lean one way or the other politically? And if it is the case that people’s genes or brain chemistry (perhaps unalterable) help determine their politics, would people of all political persuasions tend to reject such findings to stick with the comforting illusion that they control their brains and not the other way around?