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Thursday
May032012

Motivated Reasoning in American Politics | Was Richard Grenell More Republican Misogyny? 

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The Republican Brain

Any book entitled The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science — and Reality is certain to create controversy. The Atlantic publishes an informative and comparatively neutral passage from Chris Mooney’s analysis of how we’re built for bias in public life.

The idea is called ‘motivated reasoning’ — thought and argument that sounds rational and debate-worthy but actually isn’t.

Our human brains are the product of an evolutionary process. The older parts — including the subcortex and the limbic regions — operate in the nether land of survival of the fittest and fight or flight response, riddled with often involuntary, rapid-response reactions.

The more sophisticated prefrontal cortex is able to reason abstractly, learn language and generally drive decision-making with more conscious, goal-directed behavior. Comparatively-speaking, the prefrontal cortex runs slow.

Another potential liability expresses itself also in the way our old brain functions with our new one. The theory of motivated reasoning prompts us to protect our theories with “a diverse battery of cognitive defenses designed to repel attacks” on our positions, writes psychologist Paul Klaczynski of the University of Northern Colorado.

Perhaps motivated reasoning isn’t a liability but an asset. It’s possible that human reason didn’t evolve as the pursuit of the objective truth. The power of persuasion, getting members of your group to behave in a specific way, has historically been key to group survival and the development of civilization. 

Motivated reasoning inevitably leads to bias, as both Republicans and Democrats employ selective reasoning skills to reinforce our key beliefs and keep us on track.

By the same token, the theory also suggests that if you insulate yourself from belief challenge, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to the worst flaws of reasoning, without deriving any of the benefits of it.

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Richard Grenell: More Republican Misogyny?

The short-lived appointment of openly gay Richard Grenell, who formerly served as an aide to John R. Bolton, United States ambassador to the United Nations in the Bush Administration, focuses on the rejection on his homosexuality and support for same-sex marriage.

Writing about Grenell’s departure before getting started, the NY Times says:

“It’s not that the campaign cared whether Ric Grenell was gay,” one Republican adviser said. “They believed this was a nonissue. But they didn’t want to confront the religious right.” Like many interviewed, this adviser insisted on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Indeed the right responded. “If personnel is policy, his message to the pro-family community: drop dead,” Tweeted Bryan Fischer, a Romney critic with the American Family Association.

Ironically, Grenell himself had a history on Twitter. Before dwelling on his “women issues”, it’s a fact that the Romney appointee swiped at Newt Gingrich, saying “I wonder if newt has investments in Lipitor.” Suddenly gone were 800 other Tweets, mostly targeted at women.

Examples of Grenell’s now deleted Tweets include:

Obama: No Condom Left Behind

rachel maddow needs to take a breath and put on a necklace

Hillary is starting to look liek Madeline Albright

note to children: when your mom is a grandmother DO NOT let her wear backless dresses

#FreeContraception is really Obama’s population control strategy

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Dolan Admits Catholics Don’s Agree With Church’s Birth Control Prohibition Think Progress

Wednesday
Jan112012

Film | ‘Fotoshop by Adobé’ | What Is Classical Conditioning | Obesity, Personality, and Maternal Care

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Developmental psychology student Jason G. Goldman writes What Is Classical Conditioning? (And Why Does It Matter?) for Scientific American’s ‘The Thoughtful Animal.

Before you say ‘yee gads, Anne, you’re getting too deep with this morning brew column’, jump to the end with us.

Classical conditioning is also being used in wildlife conservation efforts! At Extinction Countdown, John Platt pointed out last month that taste aversion, which is a form of classical conditioning, is being used to keep lions from preying on cattle. This should, in turn, prevent farmers from killing the lions.

Similar success has been used with planting empty bee hives to keep elephants away from agricultural fields in Africa. In this case, it’s believed that the association with bees is so negative, that the mere sight of a hive keeps elephants away.

Newt’s Anti-Romney Film

We support neither Newt nor Romney, but we do support telling the truth. From what we’re reading, there are major factual problems in Newt’s attack on Romney, all of which will become truths on The Ed Show by tonight. Politics is nauseating. 

Anti-Romney Film Stretches Truth on Bain Bloomberg News

A 28-minute film that attacks Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for eliminating jobs at times stretches the truth and takes some reports out of context or selectively edits them.

The film, bankrolled by supporters of rival candidate Newt Gingrich and scheduled to be released today, focuses on Romney’s work as chief executive officer of Bain Capital LLC, a Boston- based private equity firm.

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Yoga Instructors Push Back at New York Times Article on Injury Risk The Daily Beast

Climate Change Driving Tropical Birds to Higher Elevations Science Daily

China’s ‘Demographic Tsunami’ Begins Bloomberg

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Outspoken Actress

Maggie Gyllenhall lashes out against the attacks on Planned Parenthood, telling Glamour Magazine:

My mother was very politically active and taught both my brother and me that it is everyone’s responsibility as a citizen and as a person in the world to fight for what you believe in. And what I believe very strongly is that every woman has the right to decide what she can do with her body.

Pregnant with her second child and the mother of a five-year-old daughter, the actress who stars in next month’s ‘Won’t Back Down’ assails politicians, saying:

With jobs bills waiting on legislative calendars, the unemployment rate at a crisis level and many Americans losing their homes, I find it incredibly frustrating that we’re being forced to spend so much time and energy (and, yes, money) defending something as basic as self-determination.

Scale and Personality


Anyone who’s faced endless battles with the scale knows the term “emotional eating”. In trying to understand the full range of lifestyle and personality issues that lead to obesity, researchers increasingly look at the brain. Several studies have already shown that the emotion-controlling center of the brain also governs appetite. “Early life experiences also set the stage for overeating years later, “writes today’s Wall Street Journal.

In a stury of 2000 Baltimore residents age 50 and older, researchers determined that those who scored high on neuroticism and low on conscientiousness, were the most likely to be obese.

The subjects in the top 10% of impulsivity weighed, on average, 24 pounds more than those in the lowest 10%. People who rated themselves low on “agreeableness” were the most likely to gain weight over the years.

Toddlers with low-quality emotional relationships with their mothers were more than twice as likely to be obese at age 15, according to another study of 977 children due out this month.

Wednesday
Dec142011

News: Meryl Streep Vogue US Interview | Was Darwin Wrong Re Emotions? | Gun Sales Rising Steeply | Editorials 12/13

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Meryl Streep: Force of Nature

Reflecting on her new movie role as British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, Meryl Streep talks to Vicki Woods of American Vogue about feminism, women and power, and her impressions of life from the top.

While Anne reads start to finish, ready to whip up an impression of our beloved Meryl Streep, check out Jane Fonda, Ariana Huffington and Franca Sozzani filmed impressions on these same topics, posted yesterday in AOC Body.

For Meryl Streep lovers, have you seen her three daughters? Mama mia! The activist actress was honored two weeks ago at the annual Kennedy Center Honors gala. Now that Streep has played Thatcher, the question is whether she will play Hillary Clinton in the inevitable film about the former First Lady and current Secretary of State.

More headlines:

Image via Social Literacy TodayWas Darwin Wong About Emotions? Science Daily

Judge Dismisses ‘Epidemic’ of Rape in Military Case The Daily Beast

Working mothers are HAPPIER than stay-at-home mums, study reveals Daily Mail

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Pearls for Girls

It’s said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but a set of pearls stole the show last night at Christie’s New York auction of the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor. All 80 lots of Taylor’s jewels were sold for $116 million, with only two items selling within auction estimates reports Forbes.

The big winner of the night was the “La Peregrina,” the 16th Century pearl on a necklace designed by Cartier for Taylor, sold for $11.8 million, setting the world record for a pearl jewel. The pre-auction estimate was $2 million to $3 million. Applause and nervous laughter came from the bidders as the price of the diamond hit the $10 million mark.

“La Peregrina”  — the 16th century pearl — has been depicted in art works for centuries, including the 17th century Spanish artist Velazquez . Coveted by crowned heads of European dynasties, the pearl became part of a diamond and ruby necklace created for Taylor by her husband Richard Burton in 1969, working with Cartier.

For glitter-loving girls, The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, a 33.19-carat Asscher-cut D color potentially flawless diamond that Taylor wore nearly everyday, sold for $8.8 million, well above the $2.5 to $3.5 million estimate. Read on at Forbes

Gun Love

AOC adores Lovecat #3 sexy new editorial ‘Body Double’, but we don’t love guns. Following up on our widely-read Gun Love | Sobering Statistics | America Is An Armed Fortress, we note that according to NICS background checks for people purchasing one or more firearms, Americans legally purchased a minimum of 14.4 million guns in 2010, compared to 12.7 million in 2008. In fact, gun sales were decreasing from 1999 to 2004. Individuals registering for gun permits has risen from 9.0 million in 2005, when the tide turned to rise to 14.4 in 2010. via FBI Gun Checks/NICS