Nobody really knows how many religions there are on the planet, but whatever the number, there are at least that many theories about why we have religion at all. One idea is that, as humans evolved from small hunter-gatherer tribes into large agrarian cultures, our ancestors needed to encourage cooperation and tolerance among relative strangers. Religion then—along with the belief in a moralizing God—was a cultural adaptation to these challenges.
The baby boomers as a cohort are now in their 50s, 60s and 70s — and I think that the collective aging of our populations is producing a rightward shift in our politics that is as temporary in nature as the leftward shift of the 60s and 70s, when these people first became old enough to vote.
Schitzengigles I like it… To create a conservative from a liberal you must first addle the brain! But liberals can do the same. Liberal thinks need to go beyound the selfish instinct. Discover has officially reached a new low. The title of the article and comments 2, 3, and 4 especially 2 are hateful and unsupportable and almost silly comments.
Where are your snide comments about them. No more brain-addling jokes, either. Many hand sanitizers contain some very toxic chemicals that can, in fact, affect the brain, at least temporarily.
More sensitive people can experience effects such as short term memory loss, confusion, and mood changes from relatively minor toxic exposures. It would be interesting to repeat this part of the study and measure for some of these other possible effects as well to determine whether or not the chemical itself might be the cause of the tempoary shift in ideology.
Hmm, could there be a connection between our increasingly polluted environment and more toxic consumer products anti-bacterial, stain-resistant, UV-protected, …you name it and an increasingly conservative and irrational political climate?
Food for thought, and further research. AnneV Contrary to what JMW is postulating, my mother and I are at opposite ends of the baby-boomer generation and we are both skewing more liberal over time, not less.
Most of our friends seem to be doing the same, responding to threats to defund PP, education, and food stamps, among other concerns. BP I have to say, that makes a lot of sense to me. For instance, a lot of people who are deeply religious will be lumped into the conservative camp, but so will those that are hyper-capatilists.
Matt So are there circumstances that cause conservatives to make liberal statements?
RM But what about Uncle Elmer? Why bring up long-term changes and then change the subject. Long-term ideological changes surely have more of an impact than short term ones.
Why, then, are they less interesting? When I started to pay attention, and thus became educated on what was happening, I could not logically hold together the beliefs that those on the Left kept maintaining. They were contradictory, illogical, inflammatory, accusatory, and generally off-ball nuts.
I started looking at ALL the arguments, from both sides, and found that those that were giving cogent, reasoned, factual-based opinions were on the Right. I see them as frat boys that throw a flaming bag of dog doo on the porch and congratulating themselves on how clever they are at thinking up something new and executing it flawlessly.
By nature we are supposed to take care of ourselves and our family first. It seems that the right-leaning responses arise from our instinctual tendencies to be selfish.
Our instincts define who we are and ultimately how we think, so it would appear that everyone, at their core, is a conservative. I personally cannot speak for the entire republican party but can i can speak for some of its principles; not the social nonsensical principles but rather the ideologies that actually matter like government and the economy.
Again I cannot speak for the entire republican party as there are a fair amount of nutcases that support republican philosophy just as there are on the left. The well known Shock Agenda strategy comes to mind… if you can keep most people frightened and shocky in such a manner as to decrease their normal trust in normal channels of discourse, analysis and decision-making, you can get them to sign off on and accept much more brazenly antisocial, industrial and political programs, including military agendas, than you could at time when people have the time and peace of mind and necessary independence of thought to wisely judge issues.
The Shock Agenda is the exact antithesis of those conditions which sustain and feed the Wisdom of Crowds phenomena studied by James Surowiecki… a significantly more democratic, scientific and egalitarian mode of processing and evaluating issues. Decentralization — People are able to specialize and draw on local knowledge.
Aggregation — Some mechanism exists for turning private judgments into a collective decision. Absence of any of these is tantamount to guaranteeing a poor decision, whether liberal, conservative, libertarian or any other persuasion.
He has written books against Republicans, so has a vested interest in finding scientific evidence for his claims. Because of this, his opinion and evidence should be heavily scrutinized. While this blog article would be fitting on a political website an obviously left-leaning onethis has no place on a scientific site.
There are far too many subjective items and terms involved here. Believe it or not, many people actually think about and debate their political beliefs, and hold these beliefs whether drunk, dirty, scared or under pressure.
I find it disturbing that Discover edits their web commentary on articles for one. Second its very easy to cite things and support whatever point you want to make. How about an English course? Have you ever noticed the crazy things on History Channel or what have you claiming doomsdays and alien visitations all backed with citations!The famous "Stroop Effect" is named after J.
Ridley Stroop who discovered this strange phenomenon in the s. Here is your job: name the colors of the following words. If you would like to use the Stroop Effect as an experiment in class, here is a lesson ready to Dr. Stroop left the laboratory not long after he published his studies.
Apr 20, · By Chris Mooney, a science and political journalist, blogger, podcaster, and experienced trainer of scientists in the art of communication. He is the author of four books, including the just.
The Stroop effect is an interesting phenomenon that takes place when you must say the color of a word but not the written word. In a Stroop effect experiment, this would be the colors of the words.
Studies of. N-back is a kind of mental training intended to expand your working memory (WM), and hopefully your intelligence (IQ 1).. The theory originally went that novel 2 cognitive processes tend to overlap and seem to go through one central grupobittia.com it happens, WM predicts and correlates with IQ 3 and may use the same neural networks 4, suggesting that WM might be IQ 5.
Half a Century of Research on the Stroop Effect: An Integrative Review Colin M. MacLeod In , J. R. Stroop published his landmark article on atten- Experiment I examined the effect of incompatible ink colors on .
The effect was named after John Ridley Stroop, who published the effect in English in in an article in the Journal of The first experiment in Stroop's study (reading words in black versus incongruent colors) has been discussed less.
the warped words Stroop effect produces the same findings similar to the original Stroop effect MeSH: D