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  •  I attribute it all to basic neuroscience (11+ / 0-)

    It's the difference between a primitive brain, and an advanced one.

    Our frontal lobe is what makes us distinctly human. It's a more recent evolutionary development, the seat of abstract thought, problem solving, humor, and restraint.

    The limbic system is a more primitive structure that lies deep within the brain. Lizards have them. It's where vigilance, fear, and reactivity live.

    It isn't so much what we think, but where we do our thinking.

    "FK the deficit. People got no jobs. People got no money." Charlie Pierce

    by RubDMC on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:05:40 AM PDT

    •  And yet much of the expressed reaction (5+ / 0-)

      carries past immediate threats to nest or territory, things that matter greatly to reptiles and their distant cousins, the birds.

      I was just thinking that abstract thought MIGHT not always help keep the peace:

      Human toddlers develop an abstract awareness that irritating things MIGHT be taking place outside their immediate sphere of awareness and this disturbs them too. The distinction between abstract imagination and actual provocation is lost on them. The outrage (to caregivers) is explicable but almost irremediable. It simply must be endured until the toddler can be diverted (albeit briefly from adult vantage) to something, anything that's not Whatever It Was That Riled Them So.

      I wonder how this plays out.  :)

    •  Completely agree (5+ / 0-)

      And this makes it that much more difficult to have the policy arguments we need to have on issues like gun control, gay marriage, etc.--we're not trying to change minds, we're trying to change lizard brains, which are much less penetrable by reason, compassion, etc.

      "I believe they talked of me, for they laughed consumedly."--George Farquhar

      by slapshoe on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:38:02 AM PDT

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