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    Quote Originally Posted by BARYE View Post
    Won't anyone (besides me) create controversial threads ??
    OK, here goes!

    New Scientist carries a report that proves Liberals perform more accurately in a test than Conservatives.

    By comparison, the "liberals" who placed themselves between -5 and -1 on the questionnaire responded more readily to the new signal and achieved the slightly lower error rate of 37%.
    No surprise to some of us who are happier looking forward rather than back (and thus not tripping over so often)!
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    What about libertarians? Do we press the 'wrong' button more often just to be contrarian?
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    It was probably a liberal who made up the test to skew the numbers where they needed to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktm97 View Post
    It was probably a liberal who made up the test to skew the numbers where they needed to be.
    Nature Neuroscience has an impact factor of almost 15, which places it in the top tier of scientific and medical journals. Which means any data which is published has been closely scrutinized, and the peer review is very rigorous. Its hard to just brush off the data as skewed.

    http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/...bs/nn1979.html
    http://www.nature.com/neuro/impact/index.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by cellmatrix View Post
    Nature Neuroscience has an impact factor of almost 15, which places it in the top tier of scientific and medical journals. Which means any data which is published has been closely scrutinized, and the peer review is very rigorous. Its hard to just brush off the data as skewed.

    http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/...bs/nn1979.html
    http://www.nature.com/neuro/impact/index.html
    I think it was the use of the letter W. The right-wingers naturally kept pushing (supporting) the W and the lefties wanted a new letter....anything but W.
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    It would be interesting to see how the -1 to 1 group compared to the 2 extremes. Did the -1's have higher error rates than the -5's? Or were all the minuses consistent?
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    When the less common letter did appear on the screen, the people who identified themselves as more conservative (rating themselves somewhere between 1 and 5 on the initial questionnaire) pressed the "usual" button 47% of the time instead of switching to the correct button.
    Would make sense wouldnt it? conservatists like things the way they are and want to keep it that way (the name says it all) so makes sense they kept going for the 'usual' button by instinct..
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    Quote Originally Posted by tirk View Post
    OK, here goes!

    New Scientist carries a report that proves Liberals perform more accurately in a test than Conservatives.



    No surprise to some of us who are happier looking forward rather than back (and thus not tripping over so often)!

    From the article itself, tirk...

    "Amodio explains that the fact that liberals achieved higher accuracy on the button-pressing task does not make them "better" than conservatives. "

    There might be other tasks or situations where a less sensitive or more persistent response might be more adaptive," such as when new stimuli are distracting, he says.
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    Quote Originally Posted by treobk214 View Post
    From the article itself, tirk...

    "Amodio explains that the fact that liberals achieved higher accuracy on the button-pressing task does not make them "better" than conservatives. "

    There might be other tasks or situations where a less sensitive or more persistent response might be more adaptive," such as when new stimuli are distracting, he says.
    I agree, I don't believe its possible to make absolute conclusions based on the data presented, but as far as conflict between scientists and the right wing agenda, there is plenty of that already without bringing up this study. Due to their dislike of the scientific evidence on stem cells, global warming and evolution, conservatives have been steadily bashing science for years. Especially where it hurts the most, in the NIH research budget, which the Bush administration budget has hit hard these past several years.

    So, anyone who thinks it's just great to spend over 100 times as much money (500 billion) on killing people in Iraq, than in trying to find a cure for the half million Americans who die from cancer each year (National Cancer Institute budget 4.7 billion) has a different kind of thinking process - one which I cannot understand. Maybe this congition study is onto something after all.


    http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/...cer-cuts_x.htm
    http://boston.com/news/nation/articl...st_1_trillion/
    http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2004...ort_trends.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by treobk214 View Post
    There might be...
    There might be...but known science is on the side of the Liberals at the moment!
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    Quote Originally Posted by treobk214 View Post
    From the article itself, tirk...

    "Amodio explains that the fact that liberals achieved higher accuracy on the button-pressing task does not make them "better" than conservatives. "

    There might be other tasks or situations where a less sensitive or more persistent response might be more adaptive," such as when new stimuli are distracting, he says.
    Very true
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    As someone says "Liberalism is a mental disorder".
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikec View Post
    As someone says "Liberalism is a mental disorder".
    Who? Rush Limbaugh?

    Liberals (or progressives) fought and died for freedom and the creation of this country while conservatives kissed the Kings' a$$ and sided with the red coats in the south in droves.
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    You really need to study history a bit more...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikec View Post
    You really need to study history a bit more...
    specifics please.

    Its my understanding that while Mel Gibson may well have eventually turned against the British -- he never stopped hating the Jews ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikec View Post
    You really need to study history a bit more...
    I have. Just not the same revisionist history you've studied.

    Seriously, do you really think that if the revolutionaries were to the take the test discussed above they'd fall on the conservative side of the equation?
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    Maybe I should clarify.

    Conservatism is a mental disorder as well.

    As for history, it's all revisionist.

    But if you look at it over time, in the context of the time, you begin to see patterns emerge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikec View Post
    Maybe I should clarify.

    Conservatism is a mental disorder as well.

    As for history, it's all revisionist.

    But if you look at it over time, in the context of the time, you begin to see patterns emerge.
    OK. So what patterns have you seen emerge?
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    Well, for one, more information and education leads to more freedom...more freedom leads to prosperity.

    And the bigger the govt (relative to population and geograhy, the worse it is for the nation.

    Common language fosters success. and overtaxation is a leading cause of revolt.

    If you want to talk about a specific period of time/events, please submit one and we can discuss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikec View Post
    Well, for one, more information and education leads to more freedom...more freedom leads to prosperity.

    And the bigger the govt (relative to population and geograhy, the worse it is for the nation.

    Common language fosters success. and overtaxation is a leading cause of revolt.

    If you want to talk about a specific period of time/events, please submit one and we can discuss.
    I see -- like those big government, oppressive, impoverished nations: Norway, Sweden, and Japan ...
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