Re: 50/50 elections

From: Ronald Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Fri Nov 28 2008 - 13:34:53 CST

David Brown wrote:
> I have heard that there are biological differences between the brains of
> conservatives and liberals. Different parts of the brains "light up" in
> response to certain stimuli. One possible explanation would be it is
> genetic and the genes are split 50/50 similar to gender. This could explain
> why our elections have evolved toward the 50/50 split. If we are in an
> equilibrium state, it would be very unlikely that we would evolve away from
> it.
Close elections, elections themselves, and, for that matter,
civilization, are very recent phenomena in terms of biological
evolution. Assuming that elections once routinely were decided by
relatively large margins (as you imply), not nearly enough time has
elapsed between then and now for an evolutionary process to have
produced that behavioral change.

As for a potential relationship between biological differences and
political differences, there is this interesting tidbit:
http://www.newsweek.com/id/159540 ("A small but intriguing study finds
that liberals and conservatives react differently when shown threatening
images").

-R

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