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  •  thanks. imo it has to do with need for certainty (4+ / 0-)
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    i think the cause is simple - since we became 'civilized' and needed to delay the age of reproduction and repressing sex with religion, humans have been getting a lot more sex with the wrong hand- the sword and hammer hand, the default hand for masturbation.

    the right hand is controlled by and connected to the left logical mathematical side of the brain. emotion, creativity, orgasm are right brained (generally), which is connected to the left hand. we're burning in long lasting neural connections/associations that get sexual energy mixed up in the logical side. logic is supposed to be the patient and truth-seeking but that sex energy wants satisfaction. logic develops a need for finality and conclusion- certainty. but nothing is certain- nature becomes a constant source of stress, anxiety, and fear. to reduce the fear our societies and value structures have evolved to create certainty, provide opportunities to apply certainty where there is none, and control and destroy sources of uncertainty- black/white, yes/no, good/evil, order/disorder. creativity and denial is needed to rationalize the alternate reality of lies. when the connection to the right creative side is made, some of the sex energy that was trapped in the logical side escapes to the pleasure centers on the right side. that is the pleasure of certitude- that's that grin on gingrich and bush and roves faces when they lie or judge or blame someone else.

    that's why authoritarian leaders have to be very certain- not flip floppers and never wrong. that is the secret of power. certainty is more important than truth.

    the spectrum is wide, with genetics and environment influencing the way it affects perception and reaction but authoritarians and cons need that certainty more than liberals- some liberals may just be diverting less of that sex energy, maybe they use their right rains more and minimize the accumulation in the left side, etc.

    here's a short youtube to explain it all:
    http://youtu.be/...

    here's a study of cons you might be interested in- points out the need to avoid uncertainty:
    http://faculty.virginia.edu/...

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 09:37:37 AM PST

    •  greed is another result (5+ / 0-)

      when the numbers side of the brain needs satisfaction.... more, bigger, faster.....

      and women have less of it because physical differences mean the connections may not be as strong-

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 09:59:09 AM PST

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    •  Only certainity is death. Which may be your pt.:) (2+ / 0-)
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      Interesting socio-bio analysis.  Almost certainly part of the explanation, as sex ishas historically been violence/dominance for many fascists (from Ceaser to current Thugs/fundies).

      •  it may explain the 'pleasure' (1+ / 0-)
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        some get from inflicting death and violence- when that connection is made. if sex energy (or whatever) is going to the wrong side in significant proportion and the right side is relatively unused, it may be some people learn triggering behaviors, like stimulating emotion, to open the right side to receive what should have gone there in the first place.

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:55:18 PM PST

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        •  Weirdly 3 of last 4 POTUS were left-handed, W bein (2+ / 0-)
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          g only right-handed one.  Reagan was supposedly ambidextrous.

          This breaks down a bit as you go further back, with Hoover being left-handed, FDR right, Truman left, Ike, Kennedy, LBJ and Nixon all right, Ford - left, Carter -right.  OTOH, the only non-'war president' there who was right-handed was Ike... who was big dog in WW2 Europe and pretty much created nuclear brinksmanship.

          Make of it what u will.

          •  thanks. left handed in RH world requires (1+ / 0-)
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            adaptability and tolerance, and might help brain balance i suppose.

            then there'd also be compensation and overcompensation. and i remember seeing something about hitler being left handed.... and something about the general rule of left right brain function being switched- so the right brain for logic, while stigmatized as left handed....

            i also know a left hander who says he learned sex with the right...

            This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

            by certainot on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 12:07:53 PM PST

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            •  and then there's the whole can of worms re: punati (2+ / 0-)
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              ve attempts to 'correct' handedness.  How many criminals did the pegiuns create?  :)

              (BTw, I am lef-handed, went to Catholic school thru 6th grade but loved arguing with the pengiuns, little heretic that i was.  Then I went to a jesuit college... but the jesuits long ago ceased being 'good Catholics' for hard core. :) )

    •  Re: need for certainty (2+ / 0-)
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      Hi certainot - Thanks for sending the links. I am familiar with Jost's work and had actually stumbled across that paper while I was doing my research. I must admit, though, that I hadn't seen the YouTube video. I must have been absent that day in Health and PE . . . :)

      "The water won't clear up 'til we get the hogs out of the creek." -- Jim Hightower

      by lartwielder on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:44:00 PM PST

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