I could kiss Leslie. That said, I’m leery of “biology is destiny.” I don’t want to believe that our views are hard-wired. However, we clearly have difficulty changing our views. Of course, we don’t know if brain differences are the result of attitude-views or vice versa.
From a study published in “Biology,” MRIs of self-reported liberals found more volume in the anterior cingulate cortex of the brain, which provides tolerance to uncertainty, whereas self-reported conservatives had more volume in the right amygdala, where fear is processed.
From another study published in “Current Biology”: “In general, liberals are more open-minded, creative, curious, and novelty seeking, whereas conservatives are more orderly, conventional, and better organized.” And another study in the journal “Dreaming” that is even less responsive to your question but still interesting found conservatives slept more soundly and had mundane dreams while liberals were more restless sleepers with bizarre dreams.
I resisted linking to a study that showed that when packaging compared energy efficient bulbs to wasteful bulbs without comment, conservatives and liberals both bought energy efficiency. But when packaging added environmental messages, conservatives shunned those bulbs. peace, mjh
In Election, loco, NADA:
Older: On hate mail and the state of the Union – Leonard Pitts Jr.
The official weather forecast for the next 3 days: “PM Blowing Dust.” Not until Wednesday does it rise to the level of “windy” by Abq standards.
“Weather Fact: April is Albuquerque’s windiest month, with an average speed of 10.2 mph. May is the next windiest, with an average of 9.9 mph, while June comes in third with an average of 9.2 mph. (Albuquerque National Weather Service)” [via abqjournal / Joe Diaz]
If you can sense the difference between 10.2 mph and 9.9 mph, more power to you. The three windiest months are in a row and we’re not a third through them. But what that leaves out are all those windy days in the months prior. And those are averages. A gust of 30mph is hardly noteworthy in Albuquerque. Sustained gusts of 60mph are not rare.
Newer: Are liberals crazy? Keep reading by Leslie Linthicum
Older: Windy weather prompts ABQ “fugitive dust” alert
Spring in New Mexico means gawd-awful, relentless, brutal, wicked wind. With less than one inch of rain in 6 months, wind moves the entire landscape. Of course, 60 mph gust can move concrete and a man to tears.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT ISSUES FUGITIVE DUST/HIGH WIND NOTICE
Newer: Wind Makes Crazy
Older: Drought in New Mexico — three related tales
It’s bad and getting worse. On the other hand, a trace rained on me in Chaco Canyon this week. I wore rain gear to walk around Casa Rinconada. peace, mjh
By John Fleck / Journal Staff Writer on Wed, Apr 3, 2013
By Associated Press on Wed, Apr 3, 2013
RUIDOSO (AP) — The village of Ruidoso is warning residents that the mountain community’s reservoirs are nearly empty due to the drought and the effects of a devastating wildfire
By Associated Press on Wed, Apr 3, 2013
CLOVIS (AP) — Clovis city officials are urging residents and business owners to conserve water.
The eastern New Mexico city started voluntary watering restrictions on Monday. They will be in effect through Oct. 1….
Newer: Windy weather prompts ABQ “fugitive dust” alert
Older: I scarcely know who Steve Alford is or what sport he’s involved in. He can take the entire sport with him. I won’t miss him or it.
I scarcely know who Steve Alford is or what sport he’s involved in. He can take the entire sport with him. I won’t miss him or it.Sun 03/31/13 at 7:47 am
Get off the lawn!
In !status updates, loco:
Newer: Time to play the fool, Kokopelli on a unicycle, just another coyote in Chaco.
Older: Given St. Pat’s and Cinco de Mayo, it’s a wonder non-Jews don’t get drunk on Rosh Hashanah
Commercial vehicles should exit at Louisiana, but not cars. Make cars exit by Tramway.
Older: Sometimes, it’s AlBAHquerque.
Someday, people will stare in amazement at a photo like the following. “How could they live like that? What are those things?” In the meantime, for someone’s profit, we accept a needle thrust in our eyes time and time again.
Now, isn’t that better? Why do we have to work our way around the ugliness? Beauty makes life better. What does ugly do?
In alBAHquerque, photos:
Newer: Why paralyze Albuquerque for Amarillo’s problems?
Older: note the shadow and the reflection