New Research: Tories Have More "Primitive" Brains
Are Dave’s crap politics due to his primitive brain?
It sounds like a reverse case of Social Darwinism, but this recent study at University College London has produced findings which have seriously pissed off right-wingers. The research, which scanned the brains of students of different political persuasions at UCL found a striking and surprising correlation: that people who affiliate themselves with Tory or right-wing politics have a larger amygdalas, a “primitive” part of the brain associated with emotions such as fear. Meanwhile, those of more left wing persuasions generally have a larger ”anterior cingulate”, associated with anticipation, decision-making, and emotions such as courage and optimism. Perhaps this is why so many people keep voting Tory despite their blatant shitness, or why scaremongering the population using a propagandic “war on terror” is effective?
Tongue in cheek aside, while I would definitely argue that lefties are more empathetic, and in general have far better values and ideas than right-wingers, I don’t want to take the research too seriously. Believing in a sort of political pre-destination would lead to us concluding that some people are almost inevitably consigned to the “dark side”, to think and act like Tories or even worse from birth, and that’s just depressing.
Then again, socialists can always use their better-evolved brains to convince those poor Tories of the error in their ways!