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Some questions about study claiming conservative brains have larger “fear centers”

Liberals are making a lot of this government-funded “study”

U.K. TELEGRAPH: Scientists have found that people with conservative views have brains with largeramygdalas, almond shaped areas in the centre of the brain often associated with anxiety and emotions.
On the otherhand, they have a smaller anterior cingulate, an area at the front of the brain associated with courage and looking on the bright side of life.

The “exciting” correlation was found by scientists at University College London who scanned the brains of two members of parliament and a number of students.

They found that the size of the two areas of the brain directly related to the political views of the volunteers.

However as they were all adults it was hard to say whether their brains had been born that way or had developed through experience.

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BEN SAYS: So, if this is true, why do liberals feel they need a “safety net” — i.e. a welfare state? Why are there so few liberal entrepreneurs? Why do liberals tend to gravitate toward more secure government and academic jobs?

Was Winston Churchill a liberal? How about Wyatt Earp? Or General George S. Patton? Or General Ulysses S. Grant? Or George Washington?

Do these people strike you as fearful, or anxious?

They don’t strike me as liberals.

When Patrick Henry told the British Empire “Give me liberty, or give me death,” does that sound like a fearful statement?

When you hear the phrase “better dead than Red,” does that sound like a sentiment rooted in fear?

You might not like that statement (if you’re a liberal). But it sure doesn’t sound fearful.

Now, there’s really nothing wrong with being fearful of the right things.

I fear God, for example. I worry about being on God’s side, not the other side.

If I saw a forest fire coming toward my house, I would fear that and get out.

I generally don’t fear things I can’t do anything about (like “climate change”).

I fear tyranny. I worry the government is getting too big and that liberty is about to be snuffed out.

Another word for “fear” (fear of real dangers rather than false ones) is “intelligence.”

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