Tip O’Neil famously stated, “All politics is local.” These days, it seems all politics is biological.
The latest in the ridiculous pursuit of materialistic explanations for political opinions is this:
Scientists have found that people with conservative views have brains with larger amygdalas, almond shaped areas in the centre of the brain often associated with anxiety and emotions. [Does that mean conservatives love more deeply than liberals? Just asking.]
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. [Riiiiiggghhht. Which is why on survey after survey conservatives generally report being happier than liberals.]
And according to “researchers” at the “University of California” in “Berkeley” some people are imbued with a “Liberal Gene.” Liberals, you see, can’t help themselves from stealing your money and throwing it away in ideological money pits controlled by cold, heartless bureaucrats. That community-destroying behavior, it appears, is hardwired into “liberal” “brains.”
This “scientific” foolishness is what leads materialistic wackos on the Left to assert that Ritalin turns kids into conservatives. All politics is biology. Drugs alter biology. Therefore drugs determine politics.
What is it with this perpetual pursuit of materialist explanations for political opinions? Are these “researchers” hoping to find a cure for conservatism? Are they seeking a test wherein they can check an unborn child for the presence or absence of this “liberal gene,” allowing “parents” to kill potentially conservative children?
If being against this insanity makes me anti-science, so be it. At least when I find someone with whom I disagree, I’m not thinking, “How can I fix this person’s biology so they’ll agree with me?”