Re: 50/50 elections

From: Douglas A. Whitfield <douglasawh_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Nov 28 2008 - 13:43:13 CST

I meant to send this before anyone else responded, but I got pulled away
from my desk. My apologies if people have already hit some of these points.

I don't know how many people on this list have backgrounds in biology. As
someone with a biology degree, different reactions to stimuli seems
obvious. If you think things are bad different parts of your brain are
active than if you think something is good. I'd be interested in any
evidence that this is genetic though. It seems highly unlikely to me...but
maybe.

Evolutionary thinking on humans is highly dubious. We do not weed out the
sick and weak like most species. In regards to human genetics, it's really
the people willing to have the most kids, not those that produce the most
fit children for survival. In fact, in populations where the kids are most
likely to survive is where you see the lowest birth rates.

I'm going to quit, before this gets more off-topic...

On Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 12:57 PM, David Brown <dmbrown@icubed.com> 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.
>
> It would be an interesting exercise to figure out which people or societal
> organizations benefit from 50/50 splits and see how the actions they take
> reinforce or diminish the 50/50 result. Polarizing actions such as running
> negative political advertising might be one of the kinds of actions that
> reinforce 50/50 splits. Negative ads are usually resorted to by the
> trailer
> in an election. To them, 50/50 is better than losing outright.
>
> dmb

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