My general life philosophy is that we’re all human beings, and we just need to learn to communicate better with each other. This philosophy does not, however, preclude the possibility of there being actual biological differences between different groups of people.
No, we are not all the same.
Yes, it absolutely does open up a huge can of worms to even consider that there might be basic biological differences between, say, the different human ethnicities (yes, I am aware that “race” and “ethnicity” are often social constructs; no, they are not always social constructs), or the different genders (yes, I am aware that science is now realizing that gender is fluid; no, that doesn’t mean there aren’t different genders).
Yet, I think it would be stupid to just ignore these potential differences. As with everything else in life, nothing is black-and-white (well, except pandas, killer whales, and that adorable cat I saw on the internet whose coloration makes it look like he’s wearing a tuxedo), and most differences come down to a combination of both environment and genetics.
Anyway, that was a pretty long-winded introduction.
I’ve written before about the differences between liberal and conservative brains. Well, here’s a study that concludes that liberals and conservatives differ in their sense of humor, as well. Here’s a summary, in case you don’t want to read the full paper. In a nutshell, the study finds evidence that liberals have a better sense of humor than conservatives.
I’m not sure how I should feel about this.
6 thoughts on “Another difference between liberals and conservatives”
Interesting, but it also could be chalked off to relative perceptions of maturity and the changes in people’s priorities that comes from said maturity. A conservative is more likely – or so it seems to me – to be more responsibility focused than a Liberal. Hence, they tend towards the more serious side of things and find comedy based upon irony or exaggeration to be lackluster. The same for the idea that they comparatively dislike thinking challenges. They’re dealing with those on daily basis with jobs and families; it’s not surprising that they prefer to turn that off during entertainment.
Fair enough. There are a bunch of different circumstances that can explain certain preferences … which goes back to that it’s always a combination of both genetics and environment.
Yep. But also remember that genetics isn’t just a matter of heritable traits. It’s also a matter of specific gene expressions brought about by the gestational environment, e.g., MAOA gene expressions.
Yep. Being a former microbiologist, I’m quite familiar with how gene expression works.
Kind of freaked me out when learn about gestational stress changing the specifically expressed forms of genes. It was like shades of Lamarckism rising up to taunt me. LOL
Well, then, if you really want to be freaked out, read up on the latest epigenetics research. 🙂