…or so one might conclude after reading Brain function different between liberals, conservatives: study.
Using electroencephalographs, which measure neuronal impulses, the researchers examined activity in a part of the brain – the anterior cingulate cortex – that is strongly linked with the self-regulatory process of conflict monitoring.
The match-up was unmistakable: respondents who had described themselves as liberals showed “significantly greater conflict-related neural activity” when the hypothetical situation called for an unscheduled break in routine.
However, conservatives were less flexible, refusing to deviate from old habits “despite signals that this … should be changed”.
Whether that is good or bad, of course, depends on one’s perspective: one could interpret the results to mean that liberals are nimble-minded and conservatives rigid and stubborn.
Or one could, with equal justice, conclude that wishy-washy liberals don’t stick to their guns, while conservatives and steadfast and loyal.
John Howard’s brain is running true to type though…
On the other hand, the architect of that tidy place Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, has been thinking somewhat more liberal thoughts it would seem. According to Yawning Bread:
Once again, even though the reporter did not ask a gay question, Lee Kuan Yew made reference to it. One cannot help but get the impression that it is an issue that weighs quite heavily on the government…
Three other things struck me. His awareness that China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are ahead of Singapore indicates that he has been enquiring about the issue. To what extent he is absorbing what he’s reading, I don’t know, but you see an effort to find out.
The second thing I noticed was the reference to “for the time being” and “It’s a matter of time.” This tells you that the non-repeal of Section 377A, the law that makes “gross indecency” between males a crime, coupled with a clear statement that it would not be “pro-actively enforced”, is seen as no more than a way station…
The third, and most striking thing was his mention of Muslims and older Chinese and Indians, whom I often call the “traditional conservatives”. Indeed there are many Singaporeans in these groups who would resist social change, but as most observers would have noted, the most vocal anti-gay lobbying comes from an altogether different quarter — the dogmatic Christians, who tend to be better educated, more westernised and often, not “heartlanders”.
Why did Lee not mention them? In fact, looking back, I don’t think he has ever mentioned them. By now, I do not believe he doesn’t know about their lobbying, since he has obviously spent time reviewing the subject…
Yawning Bread goes on to say some very interesting things about the dogmatic Christians and the whole “ex-gay” idea.