December 29, 2010

More Science (That They Forgot To Mention): Conservatives' Brains Linked To Having More Friends, Bigger Social Networks
— Ace

That's the other thing associated with large amygdalas.

I guess it must have slipped their minds. (The man is... nefarious.)

Remember, this is Science, not some childish attempt at tribal points-scoring or self-flattery. Of course Science would mention such things; failing to do so must be due to oversight only.

Hide the decline &c.

Thanks to rdbrewer.

Posted by: Ace at 12:51 PM | Comments (61)
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1 Do fakey internet friends count?

Posted by: toby928 at December 29, 2010 12:52 PM (S5YRY)

2 Detached from humanity, detached from reality.

Yep, sounds like liberals alright!

Posted by: AoSHQ's DarkLord at December 29, 2010 12:53 PM (GBXon)

3 Is that why Facebook seems dominated by conservatives?

Posted by: TC at December 29, 2010 12:53 PM (BAtLQ)

4 1 Do fakey internet friends count?

Yes they do.

Now please give me your credit card information...

Posted by: Y-not your fakey internet friend at December 29, 2010 12:54 PM (IDL9N)

5 Hey I wear size 14 E shoes.  I have a big amygdala--and a few other "big" things too.  No wonder I have a good social network!

Posted by: Comanche Voter at December 29, 2010 12:56 PM (3ESDJ)

6 And my girlfriends all refer to be as "Heap Big Chief".

Posted by: Comanche Voter at December 29, 2010 12:56 PM (3ESDJ)

7 3 Is that why Facebook seems dominated by conservatives?
Posted by: TC

These days especially.  All the libs are too embarrassed to tout their BS after the elections.  Courage.


Posted by: Dang at December 29, 2010 12:57 PM (TXKVh)

8 And my girlfriends all refer to be as "Heap Big Chief"

Are you sure they're not saying "He Be Cheap"? 

Posted by: Y-not your fakey internet friend at December 29, 2010 12:57 PM (IDL9N)

9 I've got 186 friends on Facebook and I physically 'know' 5 of them.  Does that make me 'cool'?

Posted by: Sponge at December 29, 2010 12:59 PM (UK9cE)

10 @9: Depends. How many do you know biblically?

Posted by: CoolCzech at December 29, 2010 01:01 PM (tJjm/)

11 A lot of "science studies" today.

Posted by: Vic at December 29, 2010 01:03 PM (M9Ie6)

12 Asian Girls want to meet you!

Posted by: online dating for men with enlarged Amygdala at December 29, 2010 01:03 PM (S5YRY)

13 Posted by: Sponge © at December 29, 2010 05:59 PM (UK9cE)

As an avowed opponent of all things Facebook: no.  It makes you a tool.

Which rhymes, so I guess that's something.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) at December 29, 2010 01:04 PM (8y9MW)

14

Courage is having sex with your daughter

Posted by: Professor David Epstein at December 29, 2010 01:05 PM (stXoE)

15 You know, I love all this "certainty" out of these studies when we still don't know what the heck Lithium does and why it's so cool treating mental problems.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) at December 29, 2010 01:05 PM (8y9MW)

16 Sounds like Junk science. The study of dickheads.

Posted by: sTevo at December 29, 2010 01:05 PM (FzVlt)

17 Is she liberal or conservative?

Posted by: TC at December 29, 2010 01:05 PM (BAtLQ)

18 It made my amygdala huge!

Posted by: Jimmie Johnson at December 29, 2010 01:06 PM (stXoE)

19 did you edit the post just to get a random Raiders reference in?

Posted by: tachyonshuggy at December 29, 2010 01:06 PM (S5Bsu)

20

In addition, reduced amygdala size is associated with fear/anxiety disorders such as BPD and PTSD.

Presumably, the larger amygdalae have the horsepower to more accurately process whether fear reactions are warranted.

Queen Amygdala concurs.

Posted by: rdbrewer at December 29, 2010 01:07 PM (KUtEE)

21 You could at least present this information in hockey stick form . Slacker .

Posted by: Bill D. Cat at December 29, 2010 01:07 PM (npr0X)

22

If liberalism really is genetic, then it should be doomed since liberals are more likely to have abortions. It's kind of a self-correcting defect.

 

Or this study is just more BS, disguised as "science".

Posted by: digitalbrownshirt at December 29, 2010 01:07 PM (C6OjH)

23

I heard that Princess Amygdala makes out with the cute brunette from 'That 70's show' in her new movie!

That'll enlarge somethin'...

Posted by: garrett at December 29, 2010 01:09 PM (stXoE)

24

Queen Amygdala concurs.

 

...oh, yeah...she was a queen.

Whatever.   Those movies sucked.

Posted by: garrett at December 29, 2010 01:10 PM (stXoE)

25 Posted by: garrett at December 29, 2010 06:10 PM (stXoE)

Maybe, but Natalie Portman is smokin' hot.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) at December 29, 2010 01:12 PM (8y9MW)

26 Conservatives have a gene that makes them slice like a f*ing hammer.

Posted by: sifty at December 29, 2010 01:14 PM (kAyNL)

27 I'm sure that most progressive/commie/shitbags' history would reveal a childhood fraught with being unaccepted, unapprecited, self-loathing, a bunch of crying and maybe some cutting themselves in the corner of their rooms while listening to R.E.M.

In defense of the liberal hippie shitbags, if I had to listed to REM I'd cut myself, too.

Posted by: tangonine at December 29, 2010 01:17 PM (x3YFz)

28 *listen

Posted by: tangonine at December 29, 2010 01:18 PM (x3YFz)

29 I strongly suspect that if you examine the brains of the people in the bottom 10% of any field you will find something which resembles the Liberal brain, and that if you examine the brains of the top 10% you will find the conservative map.

Bottom 10% brains are cluelessly confident that they have a handle on everything. in the field; they never question themselves. Top 10% brains constantly question what they are doing and are less confident than bottom 10% brains - even though they are much more competent than the bottom 10%.

Do any of you think that Paul Krugman has any doubt about the bullshit he spews? He is utterly convinced without need to check that he is right about everything; which is a dead give away that he is a member of the bottom 10% of humanity.

Posted by: An Observation at December 29, 2010 01:18 PM (ylhEn)

30 Conservatives love face book

Posted by: archie bunker at December 29, 2010 01:22 PM (0YS61)

31 Plus scientists don't even believe in the Bible. How stupid is that ?

Posted by: archie bunker at December 29, 2010 01:23 PM (0YS61)

32 If you can "presume," why can't you "postsume"?  Huh?  Think about it.

Posted by: rdbrewer at December 29, 2010 01:24 PM (KUtEE)

33 29 I strongly suspect that if you examine the brains of the people in the bottom 10% of any field you will find something which resembles the Liberal brain, and that if you examine the brains of the top 10% you will find the conservative map.

Bottom 10% brains are cluelessly confident that they have a handle on everything. in the field; they never question themselves. Top 10% brains constantly question what they are doing and are less confident than bottom 10% brains - even though they are much more competent than the bottom 10%.

Do any of you think that Paul Krugman has any doubt about the bullshit he spews? He is utterly convinced without need to check that he is right about everything; which is a dead give away that he is a member of the bottom 10% of humanity.

Posted by: An Observation at December 29, 2010 06:18 PM (ylhEn)

Went to Walmart the other day to pick up some cheap ass blankets.  Nothing will diminish your faith in the human race like a trip to Walmart.  Holy fuck.  It's like a store built for the mentally diminished.

Humans built the pyramids and went to the moon, but not these humans.  Sweet creeping jeezus.

Posted by: tangonine at December 29, 2010 01:24 PM (x3YFz)

34 Let's be honest with each other: have any of us ever had a liberal friend who had any sense of leadership, comfortable non-coercive initiative, and creative extroversion? Isn't it more the case that between our liberal friends, they either fell into the "hopeless sheep" category of followers and sycophants, or the anti-social, coercive "rule-making and imposing" deviants? From Severus Snape to Keith Obermann, Milton in Office Space to Rachael Maddow, there's very few losers who'd ever fit a conservative persona mold (and in many respects, this appears to be a driver in all these "conservatives are bad" faux research reports). I'm certainly and excessively generalizing, but even in adulthood, my liberal friends are the ones who are always bitter, complaining about how much more someone else has than they do (and conspiring like the high school loser hiding in the shadows to get even). My conservative friends are by no means perfect, but seem to not only accept their imperfections and that of their friends, but to openly laugh at themselves. They just don't take themselves or anything else that seriously.

Posted by: Multitude at December 29, 2010 01:34 PM (7r7wy)

35

In defense of the liberal hippie shitbags, if I had to listed to REM I'd cut myself, too.

Can we just cut Michael Stipe and call it even.


 

Posted by: Asscrackerton at December 29, 2010 01:41 PM (0ba8c)

36 As I've been saying about the pathology that is liberalism, one symptom is the absence of counterargument. Bad things just don't exist. The MFM can harp all day on Palin but none of their candidates have any problems. Opposing points of view not only don't exist, they're boring and/or cause for alarm.

Posted by: joeindc44 at December 29, 2010 01:43 PM (QxSug)

37 Courage is being so insufferable and smelly that even your cat won't be friends with you.

Posted by: brave liberal at December 29, 2010 01:46 PM (tSxym)

38 36

In defense of the liberal hippie shitbags, if I had to listed to REM I'd cut myself, too.

Can we just cut Michael Stipe and call it even.


 

Posted by: Asscrackerton at December 29, 2010 06:41 PM (0ba8c)

Deal.

Posted by: tangonine at December 29, 2010 01:47 PM (x3YFz)

39 Liberals don't have many friends because when self-gratification is your raison d'être, there ain't much left of you to go around.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at December 29, 2010 01:48 PM (vbh31)

40 31 Plus scientists don't even believe in the Bible. How stupid is that ?

Posted by: archie bunker at December 29, 2010 06:23 PM (0YS61)

1) troll or

2) very very bad sock puppet.

Really?  Up your game, sparky.

Posted by: tangonine at December 29, 2010 01:49 PM (x3YFz)

41 Guess I'm an anomaly then since I'm pretty damn conservative but also pretty damn introverted.
These studies always seem to get proven wrong or otherwise discredited anyway.

Posted by: Grayson at December 29, 2010 01:49 PM (A7AFX)

42 40 Liberals don't have many friends because when self-gratification is your raison d'être, there ain't much left of you to go around.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at December 29, 2010 06:48 PM (vbh31)

I disagree, Soap.  It's self loathing that drives them.  They hate themselves and have to project that hate.  I can self gratify with a quick mugging of my wife when she's unawares (I'm pretty sneaky).  Liberals just self-gratify and cry themselves to sleep because no one loves them.

Posted by: tangonine at December 29, 2010 01:52 PM (x3YFz)

43

Queen Amygdala concurs.

 

...oh, yeah...she was a queen.

Whatever.   Those movies sucked.

Posted by: garrett at December 29, 2010 06:10 PM (stXoE)

The Elected Queen.

Sign 27 that Lucas was off his medication.

Posted by: Oldcat at December 29, 2010 01:54 PM (z1N6a)

44 If you can "presume," why can't you "postsume"?  Huh?  Think about it.

Posted by: rdbrewer at December 29, 2010 06:24 PM (KUtEE)

I postdicted that you wrote that.

Posted by: Oldcat at December 29, 2010 01:55 PM (z1N6a)

45 44

Queen Amygdala concurs.

 

...oh, yeah...she was a queen.

Whatever.   Those movies sucked.

Posted by: garrett at December 29, 2010 06:10 PM (stXoE)

The Elected Queen.

Sign 27 that Lucas was off his medication.

Posted by: Oldcat at December 29, 2010 06:54 PM (z1N6a)

Jar Jar kinda let the dogs out on Lucas' insanity.

Posted by: tangonine at December 29, 2010 01:55 PM (x3YFz)

46 32
If you can "presume," why can't you "postsume"?  Huh?  Think about it.
Posted by: rdbrewer at December 29, 2010 06:24 PM (KUtEE)

If preponed this discussion ... how the hell did you people get access to it?

Posted by: Postpartum? Hell, prepartum depression is far worse ... at December 29, 2010 02:00 PM (7GfKM)

47 42 Guess I'm an anomaly then since I'm pretty damn conservative but also pretty damn introverted.
These studies always seem to get proven wrong or otherwise discredited anyway.

Posted by: Grayson at December 29, 2010 06:49 PM (A7AFX)

My wife and I are total hermits.  I could cut off 3 finger on my right hand and still accurately count the number of true friends I have.  I'm 42 years old.

However, when I go out to do my daily shenanigans, and I run afoul of folks, I always try to say hi, smile, and in general be more than just the guy behind the shopping cart.

As a rule of thumb, I ask 1 more question than I should.  I provide 1 more observation than I should. 

Talk to people. Be kind.

The old guy in line at the supermarket: help him unload his cart.

The clerk at the gas station: look her in the eye and ask her how she's doing. Smile

We're Americans.  We take care of each other.

Posted by: tangonine at December 29, 2010 02:06 PM (x3YFz)

48 Unless you're from Philly.  You fuckers are the worst people on Earth.

Posted by: tangonine at December 29, 2010 02:08 PM (x3YFz)

49

Really what these study's are ultimately trying to say, and what the ultimate goal that will be reached is simple, serious, but very scary!

Here is the thinking:

"Conservatives can't help what they think, they are born with it, they have a defect, a genetic defect, and therefore they are just like the Dirty JOOS.......Get 'Em!"

Posted by: Jimi at December 29, 2010 02:20 PM (fqxV7)

50

"Unless you're from Philly Marin County.  You fuckers are the worst people on Earth."

FIFY!

Posted by: Jimi at December 29, 2010 02:21 PM (fqxV7)

51 Unless you're from Philly.  You fuckers are the worst people on Earth.

I lol'd.

Posted by: Waterhouse at December 29, 2010 02:29 PM (NB5aT)

52 Basically, proves that you guys are wussies who overcompensate for your abnormally high level of FEAR by acting macho, shooting guns, and worrying about terrorism, Mexicans, Blacks, gays, etc.

Get some spine, dudes.

Posted by: Walter at December 29, 2010 02:35 PM (SLazL)

53 Posted by: Walter at December 29, 2010 07:35 PM (SLazL)

I see Santa didn't bring you any wit this Christmas either.

Posted by: Waterhouse at December 29, 2010 02:42 PM (NB5aT)

54 Because conservative brains are structurally different and can't be 're-educated' perhaps a little corrective brain surgery will be called for; it worked on Jack Nicholson didn't it? Perhaps that will be the American version of the Gulag; change that defective brain through the miracles of lobotomy - they'll be plenty of socialist med school graduates eager to help.


Posted by: An Observation at December 29, 2010 02:55 PM (ylhEn)

55 Plus scientists don't even believe in the Bible.   Posted by: archie bunker

How a hopeless fucking dunce like john Ryan could imagine that he has the faintest clue what scientists believe is proof of the observer's  bottom 10% theory.

Posted by: toby928 at December 29, 2010 03:52 PM (S5YRY)

56 Walter, you confuse fear with loathing. The latter includes people like you.

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I'm somewhat well-traveled, and I get a kick out of talking to people from other places. I love trashing the stereotype. We're the nicest angry people you'll ever meet.

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