"A large body of political scientists and political psychologists now concur that liberals and conservatives disagree about politics in part because they are different people at the level of personality, psychology, and even traits like physiology and genetics." ~The journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
This is what I've been saying for years - evolutionary, genetic differences!
In fact, I believe there has already been a branching off from the Mother Homo sapiens species, not detected or recognized by science yet. We now have another, newer species with improved, greater capacity wiring you could say. The conservative or excessively religious side seems to be too rigidly wired, incapable of seeing that other views can have validity. My lifetime of observation and experience tells me that the gulf is so vast between conservatives and leftists worldwide, in their capabilities to empathize; to be generous; to think outside of the box, and to perceive our connection to each other and the Infinite Tree of Oneness, that mere physiological and genetic differences could not be the whole explanation.
The point that many of us have failed to "breath in" to our way of appreciating this wondrous Creation, is that diversity its strength, perfection and beauty. We're all part of the same tree, rooted in the same spirit. We're different and unique, and we all have the capacity to love. We all have the capacity to hate and to harm as well. We are all on an evolutionary path leading to greater perfection. What we make of it is our choice.
It is a "virtually inescapable conclusion" that the "cognitive-motivational styles of leftists and rightists are quite different."
by Chris Mooney
You could be forgiven for not having browsed yet through the latest issue of the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences. If you care about politics, though, you'll find a punchline therein that is pretty extraordinary.
Behavioral and Brain Sciences employs a rather unique practice called "Open Peer Commentary": An article of major significance is published, a large number of fellow scholars comment on it, and then the original author responds to all of them. The approach has many virtues, one of which being that it lets you see where a community of scholars and thinkers stand with respect to a controversial or provocative scientific idea. And in the latest issue of the journal, this process reveals the following conclusion: A large body of political scientists and political psychologists now concur that liberals and conservatives disagree about politics in part because they are different people at the level of personality, psychology, and even traits like physiology and genetics.
That's a big deal. It challenges everything that we thought we knew about politics—upending the idea that we get our beliefs solely from our upbringing, from our friends and families, from our personal economic interests, and calling into question the notion that in politics, we can really change (most of us, anyway).
Chris Mooney's story continues here.
Source: Mother Jones