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redbrain/bluebrain

Having trouble relating to your conservative friends? Maybe it's because their brains are defective different:
Consider this possibility: the scientists do an exhaustive survey and it turns out that liberal brains have, on average, more active amygdalas than conservative ones. It's a plausible outcome that matches some of our stereotypes about liberal values: an aversion to human suffering, an unwillingness to rationalize capital punishment and military force, a fondness for candidates who like to feel our pain. [nyt]

Steven Johnson writes about the (sparse) evidence for differences between the brains of conservatives and liberals and discusses what it all might mean; particularly, how do we choose political affiliations, and is neurobiology involved?
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