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  •  People are motivated by feelings (2+ / 0-)
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    FishBiscuit, PinHole

    That's true of all people.  Even very reasonable, rational, highly educated people.  Some people are more or less emotional than others, but the fact remains.

    Now, the brain is all inter-connected.  There is not some easy dividing line between "thinking" and "feeling."  I can't explain it all here, but read some stuff by Jonathan Haidt or George Lakoff.  Value decisions are primarily emotional decisions.  I would even argue that there is no way to get value of any kind, least of all moral or political value, through reason alone.  Without the emotional salience of things, you get nothing.

    After all, with zero emotion, what's the difference between hugging someone and punching someone in the face?  Sure, you could string together some long reasoning about people "being like you" and "having rights" and whatever, but if I have zero emotion, why do I even care enough to begin the reasoning process, or why would I feel like I need to think about which is better?  What would "better" even mean?

    "What is essential is invisible to the eye." www.thefoxfoot.com

    by greywolfe359 on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 09:29:27 AM PDT

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    •  And why haven't state and national (2+ / 0-)
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      greywolfe359, dinotrac

      Democrats used the info from Haidt or Lakoff?

      Dean did, but we know what happened to him.

      •  A good question (3+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus, PinHole, dinotrac

        Couldn't tell you what the answer is.  We're supposedly the party of science.  Too bad we never use it.  The Republicans go right on using it to convince people it isn't true.  What a crazy world we live in.

        "What is essential is invisible to the eye." www.thefoxfoot.com

        by greywolfe359 on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 11:52:02 AM PDT

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