Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Liberal Moonbat Meme of the Day: Conservatives Motivated by "Fear and Large Amygdalas"

by the Left Coast Rebel

An enlarged amygdalas has nothing to do with one's prostate (or other body part), rather it's the newest suspect in a long list of leftist attempts to connect the dots and offer an explanation on the motivations of anyone that prefers limited government to statism, freedom to socialism and human liberty to collectivist slavery.

The amygdalas region of the brain is responsible for "fear and primitivism" and a new study out of the UK shows that the cavemen/women on the right have a super-large amygdalas:

(Raw Story) 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.

Rees, who heads up UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, was originally asked half-jokingly to study the differences between liberal and conservative brains for an episode of BBC 4's Today show that was hosted by actor Colin Firth. But, after studying 90 UCL students and two British parliamentarians, the neurologist was shocked to discover a clear correlation between the size of certain brain parts and political views.

The point to this story should not be that conservatives do or do not have enlarged amygdalas's but rather than those on the left are so close-minded and stupid as to grant clemency to the notion that caveman-esque conservative behavior is explained by this underappreciated lobal region.

What underdeveloped section of the liberal brain grants clemency to the most horrid ideas ever known to mankind, ie. "socialism and communism has never worked because America never gave it a proper shot"?

I know that this graphic is all over the net but I have to post it here, regardless; the liberal brain:

And the conservative/libertarian/Objectivist/limited government advocate/Goldwater Republican brain:
Exit question - If conservatives are driven to madness by their amygdalas then doesn't that mean that they are not responsible for their actions (according to the liberal worldview?).

Thus, should conservatives and their belief system be part of the left's protected class system?

Cross posted to LCR.


  1. Yet another poinltless scientific study that told us what we already know.


  2. >another poinltless scientific study that told us what we already know.

    Yes, that so-called "liberals" have fallen so far into self-parody, that all rational adults can do is chuckle and shake their heads.

  3. I could almost grant credence to the study until they included a lack of courage. The very core of liberalism is collectivist cowardice.

    I loooooove the people's cube btw!

  4. What I find interesting {and true based upon actual observation and experience} is that for the most part the liberal brain has no "lobe of reason". not at all surprising to the rational and reasoned mind.

  5. Jersey - Really? Just what is that, then?

    Bastiatarian - Humor is the best remedy.

    Silver - Me too my friend!

    Les - I have noted the same since my youth

  6. I understand that you all enjoy glorifying conservatism and demonizing liberalism, but the graphics are simply over the top propaganda - and I would say the same thing if they were liberally inclined. My point is that both of the graphics are so hyperstereotypical that they lose meaning - it would be easy for anyone to poke holes in both of the pictures. I only point this out because I feel that any reasonable adult, which is how you all identify yourselves, ought to be able to identify such media as ridiculous and look not at the epitome of hyperbole (the oversimplified stereotypes), but rather consider the viewpoints of MOST people, on both sides. Moderation, moderation, moderation.

    As far as the article is concerned, science is science.

    1. And when did progressives ever identify rational and objective media? Please go look in the mirror Anon.

    2. Try opening your perspective a little bit RNUSA. Lead by example, no? Don't justify your own extremist media by vaguely accusing others of doing the same. You just debase yourself to that level.


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