THE SUBTLE BIAS THAT UNDERLIES OUR IDEOLOGICAL LEANINGS

Pacific Standard:

There are many theories as to why someone grows up to be a liberal or a conservative. These range from psychological (liberals tend to be more open to ambiguity) to developmental (authoritarian parents tend to have conservative children) to physical (taller people tend to lean right).

New research points to something even more basic—a way of making sense of the world that underpins one’s political orientation. It’s best described as the answer to a question: When you are asked to judge a situation, do you instinctively reach for an inherent explanation, or an extrinsic one?

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Thank you. I learned something about myself AND most of the people I consider friends. Now I have to find out why I’m still curious at age 77.

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