The Frontal Cortex provides an astute explanation as to why he shies away from political blogging in this election season:
My hypothesis is that political judgments are like moral judgments. When you see a candidate, you experience a visceral, instinctive, inexplicable response. Your brain generates an emotion – Obama is uplifting, Hillary is commanding, McCain is honorable, etc. – and then the rest of your brain goes about explaining your emotion. The inner interpreter gathers together bits of evidence, post hoc justifications, and pithy rhetoric in order to make our automatic reaction seem reasonable. But this reasonableness is just a faÃ§ade, an elaborate self-delusion.
Personally, I haven’t done much (any?) such blogging lately for lack of time, but I also generally agree with his conclusions.Â “A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”
[Tags]Politics, Elections, Neuroscience[/Tags]