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Study Links Fundamentalism With Brain Damage


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There seems to be a correlation between a specific type of brain damage and religious fundamentalism.

 

The findings suggest that damage to particular areas of the prefrontal cortex indirectly promotes religious fundamentalism by diminishing cognitive flexibility and openness

 

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Sometimes finding a correlation points to causation, for example if you are unable to use critical thinking you might end up believing ancient fairy tales used to justify bigotry and oppression.

 

Such a polite way to point out the stupidity of fundies.


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There seems to be a correlation between a specific type of brain damage and religious fundamentalism.

 

 

Raw Story

 

Sometimes finding a correlation points to causation, for example if you are unable to use critical thinking you might end up believing ancient fairy tales used to justify bigotry and oppression.

 

Such a polite way to point out the stupidity of fundies.

 

 

 

If I understood the analysis -- damage to the prefrontal lobes is associated with Fundamentalism.  Not a causal relationship. An association.  Like smoking and lung cancer, in the preliminary studies.

 

It does not say, that Fundamentalism causes damage to the brain -- but that brain damage may incline towards Fundamentalism.

 

Still, 20% is a high figure.  This suggests that treatment might be possible.  In which case, there are issues of both medical ethics and civil liberties.  Suppose, for instance, China announced a program, of surgical intervention, in order to treat or prevent religion.  At minimum, China could conduct brain scans, to discredit religious trouble makers or subversives.

 

On the other hand, this sort of study really feeds into my own bias.  I'm not sure I should trust my own reaction.


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or fundamentalism is a self-protective behaviour when cognitive flexibility is not available

 

This. Lots of this. Fundamentalism seems to me in my encounters with Homo Sapiens to be closely tied to the inability to use logic to solve problems. 

If a person can not think clearly they seem to be more likely to hold fundamentalist views. If a person holds fundamentalist views they seem less likely to be able to think clearly.

 

In my career as a troubleshooter 100% of my fundamentalist peers were significantly less able to successfully do tech repairs/support tasks.  They mostly were nice people, just not techies by nature.

Nerds, who are famous for being able to solve technical problems, seem very unlikely to be fundamentalists.


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This. Lots of this. Fundamentalism seems to me in my encounters with Homo Sapiens to be closely tied to the inability to use logic to solve problems. 

If a person can not think clearly they seem to be more likely to hold fundamentalist views. If a person holds fundamentalist views they seem less likely to be able to think clearly.

 

In my career as a troubleshooter 100% of my fundamentalist peers were significantly less able to successfully do tech repairs/support tasks.  They mostly were nice people, just not techies by nature.

Nerds, who are famous for being able to solve technical problems, seem very unlikely to be fundamentalists.

 

 

 

To my understanding, this lack of "cognitive flexibility" means "authoritarian personality."   

 

People who don't think clearly, like to follow a leader to do their thinking for them. 

 

So, they like Fundamentalism, because the clergy give them simple answers for everything.  Nice simple dogmatic answers, that they can make their own.

 

In politics, they also like nice simple dogmatic answers, given by a "strong"  authoritarian leader.

 

Is it a coincidence, that Trump's Power Base, is Fundamentalists?  I doubt it.


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Re authoritarianism:

About 16% of Americans are “hard” authoritarians and about 16% are “soft” authoritarians, said a sociologist I was chatting with early in Reagan’s term as president.

Since then I’ve often noticed that polls regularly report that at least 33% of Americans support conservative candidates and policies. I have not looked for academic studies on this subject.

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Re authoritarianism:

About 16% of Americans are “hard” authoritarians and about 16% are “soft” authoritarians, said a sociologist I was chatting with early in Reagan’s term as president.

Since then I’ve often noticed that polls regularly report that at least 33% of Americans support conservative candidates and policies. I have not looked for academic studies on this subject.

 

 

I have heard Conservative Republicans, make speeches, for as long as I've been an adult.  I can't say what the Republican Party has turned into -- or what Trump is -- but sure as shit, it is not Conservative.


Edited by jonathanlobl, 20 March 2019 - 01:57 PM.

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