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Itís Worse Than It Looks: What Most People Donít Understand About the Partisan Divide
The Independent Whig ^ | January 6, 2020 | The Independent Whig

Posted on 10/17/2020 8:43:33 PM PDT by CheshireTheCat

It is NOT TRUE that the partisan divide is a struggle between similar people who happen to vote differently. It IS TRUE that it is between different kinds of people. The implications of this are enormous.

The primary factor that differentiates the two kinds of people is cognitive style – operating system, if you will, of social cognition – evident across nearly all of human history, as described by Arthur Herman in his book The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization.

The two predominant cognitive styles are WEIRD Platonic Idealism on the left and Holistic Aristotelian empiricism on the right, both of which bear striking similarities to descriptions of left and right offered by multiple other researchers.

The secondary factor that differentiates the two kinds of people follows from the first. It is the moral matrix.

A moral matrix is the particular blend and prioritization of six* evolved psychological mechanisms of subconscious social cognition called moral foundations.

Moral foundations are products of natural selection. They are pattern recognition modules of social cognition, constantly operating outside of our awareness like tiny subconscious social radars, perpetually scanning the social environment for patterns of thought and behavior that represented threats and opportunities to our genetic ancestors. When patterns are detected the mechanisms send signals to us in the form of instincts and intuitions of like/dislike, approach/avoid, and fight/flee we experience in response to the things we see in the social world around us.

The moral foundations are care/harm, fairness/cheating, autonomy/oppression, loyalty/betrayal, authority/subversion, and purity/degradation.

The moral matrix of the left rests almost entirely on the first two foundations. The moral matrix of the right rests on all six equally. These findings hold true on every continent....

(Excerpt) Read more at theindependentwhig.com ...


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Isn't this just a fancy way of saying one group is more evolved than the other?
1 posted on 10/17/2020 8:43:33 PM PDT by CheshireTheCat
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To: CheshireTheCat

My wife is a liberal. My mom is too. I still love them dearly

That’s how it can be work


2 posted on 10/17/2020 8:48:13 PM PDT by Truthoverpower (The guv-mint you get is the Trump winning express ! Yea haw ! Trump Pence II! Save America again)
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To: CheshireTheCat
Is there a subject and point of your link?

The only one I can figure out; Don't try to write a essay after eating a Colorado edible.

3 posted on 10/17/2020 8:49:37 PM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, chances will be taken that's for sure)
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To: CheshireTheCat

I can WAAAAAAY simplify this.

There are two kinds of people regarding truth.

The right wishes to know the truth and the left makes truth whatever they wish.


4 posted on 10/17/2020 9:00:10 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Reverse Wickard v Filburn (1942) - and - ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: CheshireTheCat

Good stuff - a mystery I have been pondering for decades ...


5 posted on 10/17/2020 9:01:51 PM PDT by 11th_VA (I believe Hunter Biden’s emails ...)
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To: CheshireTheCat

It’s Jonathan Haidt’s stuff. Very interesting. He makes some good points but I think he misses some too.

For example, he ranks Libertarians low on all five axes, basically says they’re not empathetic. I think he errs in perhaps unconsciously adopting a leftist view of care. Libertarians want freeDOM for everyone, which is actually more imprudent that free STUFF. So in reality, Libertarians are the MOST empathetic.


6 posted on 10/17/2020 9:01:54 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

Lol !!! I like your definition !!!


7 posted on 10/17/2020 9:02:34 PM PDT by 11th_VA (I believe Hunter Biden’s emails ...)
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To: Still Thinking

Important, not imprudent


8 posted on 10/17/2020 9:03:04 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Truthoverpower

It happens. My sister is a liberal and don’t talk politics with her.

Guaranteed argument.


9 posted on 10/17/2020 9:04:12 PM PDT by proud American in Canada (In these trying times, "Give me Liberty or Give me eDeath!")
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To: Truthoverpower
“My wife is a liberal. My mom is too. I still love them dearly.

That’s how it can be work.”

I don’t much care for “liberals”, but I can tolerate them.

It’s the current batch of anti-American, violent Marxist/communists that I have a problem with.

10 posted on 10/17/2020 9:04:56 PM PDT by daler
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

I think it is even more fundamental:

Conservatives believe in OBJECTIVE Truth. Truth that many people will evaluate and deem Truth.

Leftists believe in SUBJECTIVE Truth. Truth is whatever is True for you.


11 posted on 10/17/2020 9:11:51 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Leftism is the plaything of a society with too much time on its hands." - Candace Owens)
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To: CheshireTheCat
I have a propensity for excessive wordiness, but this piece takes that cake. I think it is too convoluted and wordy to make the point effectively.

"...WEIRD Platonic Idealism on the left and Holistic Aristotelian empiricism..."

It could be me, but it seems like someone is trying too hard to sound smart, though I will be the first to admit I am not schooled in philosophy so it could just be over my head.

No discredit to you, here. Just my opinion.

12 posted on 10/17/2020 9:17:01 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Leftism is the plaything of a society with too much time on its hands." - Candace Owens)
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To: 11th_VA

Another thing you need to know is that the difference between left and right has no more to do with race or poverty than WWII had to do with guns and bombs. Those are just tools to put in soldier’s hands and point in a certain direction to put somebody in power.


13 posted on 10/17/2020 9:17:12 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Reverse Wickard v Filburn (1942) - and - ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

Yes. We DO agree on this.


14 posted on 10/17/2020 9:18:20 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Leftism is the plaything of a society with too much time on its hands." - Candace Owens)
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To: CheshireTheCat

“This dynamic explains the long-evident phenomenon of the right seeing the left as good people with bad ideas and the left seeing the right as bad people.”

Most of us have realized since the Clintons that most elitist Leftist are, indeed, bad people. And Trump is leading this. The Rules have changed.


15 posted on 10/17/2020 9:22:04 PM PDT by ReaganGeneration2
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To: CheshireTheCat

Ping


16 posted on 10/17/2020 9:30:07 PM PDT by TexasKamaAina
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To: CheshireTheCat

The purpose of socialism is redistribution of wealth to the redistributors.

Some people insist on keeping their stuff. Therefore goons are required to take it by force. Whether they were the original power takers or hired later, the goons end up in charge. The “right people” can never be in charge of a “socialist” state because they are the first or second liquidated.


17 posted on 10/17/2020 9:53:14 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Reverse Wickard v Filburn (1942) - and - ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: CheshireTheCat

https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1317492797180579842/pu/vid/1280x720/q32075bP8ejOWdwU.mp4?tag=10


18 posted on 10/17/2020 11:43:54 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (ee)
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To: Truthoverpower

It happens. My sister is a liberal and don’t talk politics with her.

Guaranteed argument.


19 posted on 10/18/2020 12:10:19 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (In these trying times, "Give me Liberty or Give me eDeath!")
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To: CheshireTheCat

Tom Klingenstein explains why 2020 may be the most consequential election since 1860—and why President Trump is the man most uniquely suited to the moment.

This video is a MUST SEE for ALL

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20 posted on 10/18/2020 3:28:40 AM PDT by Candor7 ((Obama Fascism:http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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