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Liberals and Creativity

By PAM BERNS
According to a brief by David M. Amodio et al in the September 9 issue of Nature Neuroscience, “Political scientists and psychologists have noted that, on average, conservatives show more structured and persistent cognitive styles, whereas liberals are more responsive to informational complexity, ambiguity and novelty.”

The scientists “tested the hypothesis that these profiles relate to differences in general neurocognitive functioning using event-related potentials, and found that greater liberalism was associated with stronger conflict-related anterior cingulate activity, suggesting greater neurocognitive sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual response pattern.”

After 6 years of Bush rule, conservatives have to be extremely frustrated. Bush’s stubborn, narrow view of the world permits little information other than reinforcing his gut feelings on issues. The out-of-control spending on the war in Iraq and other reckless decisions by this administration must leave fiscal conservatives scratching their heads. How will they dig us out of debt? Will the Almighty Market cure all ills?

Liberals have new ideas to change the system, especially in health care, getting us out of Iraq and investigations into war profiteering. Look at the way Bill Clinton made decisions—all night-sessions involving many creative people with diverse viewpoints. We need creative solutions to the immense problems confronting us today. Not the myopic narrow hubris of Cheney and Bush.

Published: September 25, 2007