The scientists have been at it again. They seem to have found a connection between having right wing views and being easily disgusted at disgusting images.
The study was an attempt to see if political beliefs are emotional or logical.
One argument is that being easily disgusted makes you a conservative. In other words your emotional side of the brain controls whether you are a socialist or a capitalist. The other side is that having views which are in line with the most right wing person in history makes you easily disgusted by disgusting images. In other words your conservative views makes you easily disgusted whilst having left wing views makes more acceptable to images of impurity.
The raises the classic issue when you are arguing with someone. At some point you have to accept that they can’t be persuaded to change their view. Now you know it might be due to their genes and they are forever destined to be in the wrong, so rather than be angry at them you can pity them.
I don’t know what being a libertarian means in terms of sensitivity to disgusting images. Maybe you could tell me.
It must be pointed out that the study didn’t prove the causation/correlation matter and that the differences in disgust between those of opposing political views were pretty small.
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