Liberals are smart

According to this study, they can handle ambiguity and and conflict better than conservatives.

Previous psychological studies have found that conservatives tend to be
more structured and persistent in their judgments whereas liberals are
more open to new experiences. The latest study found those traits are
not confined to political situations but also influence everyday
decisions.

The results show "there are two cognitive styles — a liberal style and
a conservative style," said UCLA neurologist Dr. Marco Iacoboni, who
was not connected to the latest research.

[..]

Analyzing the data, Sulloway said liberals were 4.9 times as likely as
conservatives to show activity in the brain circuits that deal with
conflicts, and 2.2 times as likely to score in the top half of the
distribution for accuracy.

And just when you are willing to maybe entertain the idea that this study is not politically biased, well..

Sulloway said the results could explain why President Bush demonstrated
a single-minded commitment to the Iraq war and why some people
perceived Sen. John F. Kerry, the liberal Massachusetts Democrat who
opposed Bush in the 2004 presidential race, as a "flip-flopper" for
changing his mind about the conflict.

Ahh, ok! 

Comments

  1. Roman Kalik says:

    The study is simply pathetic, and concluded extremely outreaching findings from a ten-minute group experiment.

    Yep, politically motivated, alright.

  2. Andrew Brehm says:

    A German study conducted by a group at a university concluded that there are about nine or so types of people, one of them the “critically thinking academics”, who have the best understanding of politics and the world, and are the least materialistic.

  3. Andrew Brehm says:

    Here it is:

    http://www.n-tv.de/722075.html

    1. Productive individualists (11 percent)
    They are rich, so obviously, the study decided, they crave material wealth.

    2. Established productive folk (15 percent)
    Don’t like socialism, go to church as a family tradition but don’t take religion as a guide.

    3. Critically thinking educational elite (9 percent)
    Have the best education (although I personally have met few who have read as much as I have or can speak more than 1.5 languages), show professional mobility (i.e. cannot stay in one job long), highest income but not interested in material wealth (for some reason), try to improve themselves and help society (although I usually meet religious people doing work to help society, perhaps I used to walk in different streets), reject konventions.

    4. Engaged citizenry (10 percent)
    Don’t like socialism but want to do something to help society, are guided by religion a bit, want a liberal, tolerant society.

    5. Happy self-improvers (13 percent)
    Simple education but worked their way up, religion is important. See themselves on the winner’s side.

    And four more boring groups.

    Note the academics!

  4. Previous psychological studies have found that conservatives tend to be
    more structured and persistent in their judgments whereas liberals are
    more open to new experiences.

    Try new ideas. Try new ideas. Hmmmm, let’s see…is that where John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi and a few other democrats rubbed shoulders with Islamic fascists like Admadinejad, Khomeini, and the kid lion in Syria?

  5. Andrew Brehm says:

    Try new ideas…

    Is that why liberals reject change in the middle east saying that “stability” is so important?

  6. Andrew Brehm says:

    The study probably has to be read using the liberal-English dictionary:

    http://citizenleauki.joeuser.com/index.asp?AID=81628

  7. don’t be ridiculous. liberals are uniformly more educated than conservatives (you’ll find a million studies to support this) and therefore have a better ability to perceive the nuances of life.

  8. Roman Kalik says:

    Forsoothsayer, I would hazard that about two of all those studies aren’t politically-motivated. And use arbituary definitions of liberal and conservative.

    I am a conservative. I speak three languages fluently, am passabe in two more, have a proffessional high-school diploma in Physics and Computers, and a degree in Communication Systems Engineering.

    And in my experience, I’m hardly an exception to any rule.