Re: 50/50 elections

From: David Brown <dmbrown_at_icubed_dot_com>
Date: Sat Nov 29 2008 - 00:04:28 CST

That Newsweek article links to this later:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080206091437.htm. I think that
was the study I was thinking of.

I was saying the conduct of human elections would have evolved, not human
genetics.

One institution that strongly prefers close elections is the Press. No one
can argue that they don't have a huge impact on elections, including
frequently creating controversy where none exists or should exist. I
suspect controversy tends to push toward splits, as does any form of
muddying the water. There were lots of people this election who disliked
both their choices. Whether that produces an undervote or a coin toss, the
net effect is 50/50.

dmb

-----Original Message-----
From: Ronald Crane [mailto:voting@lastland.net]
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2008 2:35 PM
To: dmbrown@icubed.com; Open Voting Consortium discussion list
Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] 50/50 elections

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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