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Just imagine.

Post by Dreamweaver » 10 Mar 2018, 21:53

Before you open the link, close your eyes and imagine being visited by a genie who granted you a superpower. Imagine being able to fly, under your own power. Then imagine having the gift of being completely physically safe, invulnerable to any harm. Then imagine you can have one of these, not the other.
If you tell us which you'd choose, before reading the link, you might give away personal info! Perhaps read the link first.

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Post by Perrorist » 11 Mar 2018, 07:44

That's behind a paywall.

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Post by Dreamweaver » 11 Mar 2018, 09:05

So I don't know why it's not for me. Can anyone else see it?
At Yale, we conducted an experiment to turn conservatives into liberals. The results say a lot about our political divisions.
All of us believe that our social and political attitudes are based on good reasons and reflect our important values. But we also need to recognize how much they can be influenced subconsciously by our most basic, powerful motivations for safety and survival. Politicians on both sides of the aisle know this already and attempt to manipulate our votes and party allegiances by appealing to these potent feelings of fear and of safety.
Instead of allowing our strings to be pulled so easily by others, we can become more conscious of what drives us and work harder to base our opinions on factual knowledge about the issues, including information from outside our media echo chambers. Yes, our views can harden given the right environment, but our work shows that they are actually easier to change than we might think.
John Bargh is a professor of social psychology at Yale University and the author of “Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do”
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Post by Perrorist » 11 Mar 2018, 10:52

I agree. Facts are not effective weapons in a debate if the other party holds a contrary view strongly. I had such a debate with an anti-vaxxer this morning and she refused to believe the facts I provided. However, there are ways in which a view can be advanced if the other person isn't implacably opposed. Seeking common ground is the first step.

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Post by Dreamweaver » 11 Mar 2018, 23:33

Keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe from harm is perhaps our strongest human motivation, deeply embedded in our very DNA. It is so deep and important that it influences much of what we think and do, maybe more than we might expect. For example, over a decade now of research in political psychology consistently shows that how physically threatened or fearful a person feels is a key factor — although clearly not the only one — in whether he or she holds conservative or liberal attitudes.

Conservatives, it turns out, react more strongly to physical threat than liberals do. In fact, their greater concern with physical safety seems to be determined early in life: In one University of California study, the more fear a 4-year-old showed in a laboratory situation, the more conservative his or her political attitudes were found to be 20 years later. Brain imaging studies have even shown that the fear center of the brain, the amygdala, is actually larger in conservatives than in liberals. And many other laboratory studies have found that when adult liberals experienced physical threat, their political and social attitudes became more conservative (temporarily, of course). But no one had ever turned conservatives into liberals.

Until we did.
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