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RE: Study finds left-wing brain, right-wing brain - Los Angeles Times


RE: Study finds left-wing brain, right-wing brain - Los Angeles Times
by Mike the Usurper at 4:18 am EDT, Sep 11, 2007

k wrote:

Mike the Usurper wrote:

Please also note they mention they then did the reverse version with the W showing up the majority of the time and then they didn't hit the button when they should have have. Either way, I stick by the screw up statement. They're reacting incorrectly in either case.

Not to belabor something i think is pointless, but I disagree with your interpretation. The article says

Researchers got the same results when they repeated the experiment in reverse, asking another set of participants to tap when a W appeared.

Unless the writer is very sloppy, "same result" refers to the habituation evidenced by the "conservative" groups. That is, in the reverse case, they didn't not press W, they merely also pressed when it was M. So why W and M. Why not A and Q? Repeat this experiment with a bunch of other letters, and for that matter, with other symbols, and I'll start taking it more seriously.

Again, I'm no neuroscientist, and i have no love for the kind of conservatism that is popular today (which is to say, not really conservatism at all, as i understand it), but this thing proves little, if anything, and even if it is accurate in it's small way, does more harm than good if pressed too much.

In short, I don't give a fuck how their brains are wired, I oppose them on the logic of my position and the fallacy of their own. Stuff like this undermines the notion of logical opposition by reducing the debate to some kind of determinism.

From the way it is written, what it describes is, they repeat the experiment, with w's predominant, and the result is, the "conservative brain fails to hit the bitton when the M pops up, i.e. in the first case, they hit the button when they should not, and then do not hit the button when they should. This is a COGNITIVE function. Recognizing the appropriate response is something learnable. Failing to do so means you're stealing oxygen from those of us who are able to learn from our mistakes, because chickens and monkeys and pavlov's dogs are able to do so.

Is it deterministic? Sure. It means some people are hard wired to believe whatever stupid thing someone introduces. Is that hard wired across the species? Now we're entering into some VERY deterministic concepts. That, I don't have a clear cut answer to, but I can guarantee, it misused the target.

RE: Study finds left-wing brain, right-wing brain - Los Angeles Times

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