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.The point to this story should not be that conservatives do or do not have enlarged amygdalas regions but rather that 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 under-appreciated lobal region.
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.
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:
Thus, should conservatives and their belief system be part of the left's protected class system?
Updated: Lost in the irony and humor of this post is a salient point to be made. If conservative's amygdala regions are overdeveloped then does that directly correlate to underdeveloped amygdalas of those on the left?
This is why liberals suck at diplomacy and budgeting. They think you just have to be nice to bad guys and money grows on trees.
Their underdeveloped amygdalas are a bug, not a feature.