Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

El Nino, Prince of War?

El Niño, a worldwide fluctuation in the climate, may provoke civil war as well as inclement weather.  From The Economist, August 27, 2011:

Climate science (I): Seasons of discontent

October 27, 2011 Posted by | economics, politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Easily Startled? It Could Reflect Your Politics

“This research shows that all of our decisions are really rooted in biology. It’s not just the rational thought of the brain that we use to reach decisions, but also our emotional ones.”

And that includes our political views.  Which would mean we cannot change someone’s political stance by reason.

Scary.

From ABC News:

Easily Startled? It Could Reflect Your Politics

Those Who Startle Easily More Likely to Favor Iraq War, New Study Says

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September 19, 2008 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment