My mother passed away in 2005, January, as a result of an auto accident. She was just 68 it happened during a blizzard. and no one, but the weather, was truly at fault.
Each mother's day gets a little bit easier, but still it is a very hard holiday for me and so I wanted to write a very brief diary dedicated to my mother... and to everyone else out there who has lost their mothers too soon.
I have included the Kaddish below as, well it is not the anniversary of her death, but as I offer this tribute I hope it is appropriate in its own way.
The Williams Institute has been surveying the American gay/lesbian population for a decade now and has just issued 10 research facts that I thought would be good to pass on to the Daily Kos community.
Please follow me after the squiggly-thingie to get to the facts
The April 7th issue of "Current Biology" reports on an interesting finding, mainly that Individuals who call themselves liberal tend to have larger anterior cingulate cortexes (the part of our brain that is used when we deal with uncertanity and coping) while those who call themselves conservative have larger amygdalas (the fear center of the brain, used also in determining the emotions of others). The research came about from earlier studies that showed greater anterior cingulate cortex response to conflicting information among liberals.
What does all of this mean? Basically it accounts for why conservatives are more sensitive to threat or anxiety in the face of uncertainty, while liberals tend to be more open to new experiences.
The study occured in London, with MRI's performed on students who defined themselves as liberal or conservative. Obviously there are potential problems with the study (The population studied were younger--so its uncertain how representitive the results would be in a more divergent population; conservativism vs. liberalism is not a simple dichotic concept, some people can be liberal on some issues, conservative on others; it in no way speaks to what came first the extra brain matter or one's political ideology.)
However it does reveal some interesting areas for further study, on different populations to see if the trend holds.
I have always had a think for discussions of philosophy, and wondered if there was a divergence between those people who self-identify as Progressive versus those that would not in which philsopher they most agree with.
There is no way I would go to Redstate and administer this same quiz, and of course the small number of people who take this is not going to be a representative sample, shoot the quiz itself is not perfect.
Rather I hope it starts a discussion on the topic of two great loves of life....politics and philosophy.