If you are organised, self-disciplined, and more likely to follow rules, you are more likely to be conservative. If you are an extrovert, if you are open to experiences, if you focus on change as an opportunity rather than a problem, you are more likely to be liberal. If you are afraid of death, you are probably a conservative.Sweet Lord have mercy! This is what passes for intelligent scientific reporting? The article is about a New Scientist paper that seems to find, surprise surprise, a link between one's political affiliations and one's genetic makeup.
A provocative article in the latest issue of New Scientist cites several studies that indicate political positions are “substantially determined by biology and can be stubbornly resistant to reason.”The authors of the article must be the first ones to think that politics is about reason ... :) I am sure they are not jumping to the broad conclusions that this report is. However, that's how the new determinism works. Everything has to be reduced to genes (or psychology) or something that is scientifically measurable. "Sciences" is the new Deus ex machina and the victim in all this is, ironically, reason and liberty. For if every darn thing is about genes, then where is free will? How does one talk about morality at all? Why do we have a criminal justice system? Why bother with right and wrong? [Hey, my genes told me to write this ... ]
And, what an incredibly stupid headline. Which one is liberal, and which conservative? The Congress? The BJP? Do those political terms hold the same range of meanings in the very different landscape of India as they do in the West?
In a piece a week or so back, influential MIT linguist Steven Pinker argues that science is now revealing the real roots of morality. There's a pretty decent rejoinder by a philosopher from St. John's Univ. in Queens. This stuff isn't new. Have you read any philosophy recently?
The more I think about it, the more I feel that those preparing for the priesthood should have some solid and deep exposure to philosophy. More philosophy, not less. [I can see my former confreres rolling their eyes :)].