Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

Republicans are ruled by fear

http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2008/918/2

Well, no shit.
Permalink Aaron 
September 19th, 2008 7:12pm
Science Magazine is fucking terrible, by the way.  Just awful.  Shit.  Ugh.  I picked up a copy at the airport once and nearly barfed on the plane from how shitty it was.
Permalink Michael B 
September 19th, 2008 7:15pm
You deserve way worse than that. They should bring back slavery for the entire population of the US including your children.
Permalink Dan Denman 
September 19th, 2008 7:16pm
> But new research suggests that people with radically different social attitudes also differ in certain automatic fear responses. Political scientists say the work is evidence that certain attitudes are conditioned by fundamental traits of temperament, which could help explain why it's hard to get a donkey or an elephant to change its coloring.

But I do agree.  Subconsciously, people come to a decision based on their emotions which their higher functions then attempt to rationalize.  Except for me, of course.  I'm a purely rational machine.
Permalink Michael B 
September 19th, 2008 7:19pm
"I'm a purely rational machine."

You are an American aren't you?
Permalink Dan Denman 
September 19th, 2008 7:21pm
Compulsory...

Correlation != Causation
Republicans != conservatives
conservative != protective
Temperament != no family inference
No twin studies = useless
Permalink Rick Tang 
September 19th, 2008 7:23pm
What if they are shown a picture of a scary G W Bush?
Permalink Rick Tang 
September 19th, 2008 7:33pm
That's like a roller coaster ride for them, sheer terror, but it makes them cum.
Permalink Aaron 
September 19th, 2008 7:36pm
And Democrats?
Permalink Rick Tang 
September 19th, 2008 7:39pm
Makes em throw up in their mouth a little.
Permalink Aaron 
September 19th, 2008 7:40pm
Democrats?  Ruled by superiority complex.
Permalink Michael B 
September 19th, 2008 7:45pm
Scary Palin?
Permalink Rick Tang 
September 19th, 2008 7:45pm
Which is like Scary Spice, but older and drives a minivan.
Permalink Peter 
September 19th, 2008 7:52pm
"They should bring back slavery for the entire population of the US including your children."

Too late, that's already happened.
Permalink Consultant 
September 19th, 2008 11:33pm
"new research suggests ..."

All people are either A or B. The world is black and white.
Permalink Consultant 
September 19th, 2008 11:33pm
"The authors FIRST conducted a random telephone survey of Lincoln residents"

Because white residents of Lincoln Nebraska are typical of all people in the world.

"to find some who held STRONG political opinions."

Because the small minority of people who respond to carefully selected questions indicating the researchers personal opinion of radical beliefs represent the entire spectrum of humans.

"Then 46 selected respondents"

Because a subset of 46 white residents of Lincoln Nebraska with strong reactions to a carefully constructed opinion test represent the full range of humans.

"were invited to come in to the lab and fill in questionnaires to reveal political beliefs and personality traits."

How many were invited and how many came in? What correlation is there between the measure factors and likelihood to want to come in for pay to be studied? (More likely to be unemployed and angry?)

"Participants were then given two types of tests to measure physiological responses to threat."

This small group was then shown pictures, they were not actually threatened.
Permalink Consultant 
September 19th, 2008 11:41pm
Conversation with a republican today: I enjoyed watching people get fired while I had a jab. It felt good to be on the winning side.


Ding ding ding.
Permalink son of parnas 
September 19th, 2008 11:41pm
I didn't follow that. You said that or your friend did? Do you mean job or jab? And what does his comment have to do with his politics? Sounds like shadenfreude.
Permalink Consultant 
September 20th, 2008 1:13am
> Sounds like shadenfreude.

Shadenfreude is more passive, ephemeral, an unexpected joy sniffed on a breeze.

Republicans are scared little children who cover their fear with bluster. Like school yard bullies who act out hoping nobody will notice how incomplete they are. This is why the greatest republican virtue is obedience. Obedience to a master. That master can protect you, envelop you, make you appear strong withing the group. And from that protected vale you think you are invulnerable and you take joy knowing you've made it. Nobody will know how weak you are because everyone around you is perpetuating the same illusion.
Permalink son of parnas 
September 20th, 2008 11:50am
+1 SoP.

No one will know how weak you are -- until inconvenient reality breaks through.  But if your parents are wealthy enough, you can delay that moment for a long time.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
September 20th, 2008 4:55pm

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