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Saturday Lecture Series: It’s Obvious, Isn’t It?

by coldwarrior ( 51 Comments › )
Filed under Academia, Medicine, Open thread, Politics, saturday lecture series, Science at May 18th, 2013 - 8:00 am

It’s Obvious, Isn’t It?

Men who are physically strong are more likely to have right wing political views

  • Weaker men more likely to support welfare state and wealth redistribution
  • Link may reflect psychological traits that evolved in our ancestors
  • Strength was a proxy for ability to defend or acquire resources
  • There is no link between women’s physical strength and political views

 

Men who are strong are more likely to take a right-wing stance, while weaker men support the welfare state, researchers claim.

Their study discovered a link between a man’s upper-body strength and their political views.

Scientists from Aarhus University in Denmark collected data on bicep size, socio-economic status and support for economic redistribution from hundreds in America, Argentina and Denmark.

The figures revealed that men with higher upper-body strength were less likely to support left-wing policies on the redistribution of wealth.

Men with less upper body strength are more likely to support the welfare state - like Labour leader Ed MilibandMen with less upper body strength are more likely to support the welfare state – like Labour leader Ed Miliband

But men with low upper-body strength were more likely to put their own self-interest aside and support a welfare state.

The researchers found no link between upper-body strength and redistribution opinions among women.

Professor Michael Petersen said: ‘In all three countries, physically strong males consistently pursued the self-interested position on redistribution.

‘However physically weak males were more reluctant to assert their self-interest – just as if disputes over national policies were a matter of direct physical confrontation between individuals.

‘While many people think of politics as a modern phenomenon, it has, in a sense, always been with our species.

‘Political views are designed by natural selection to function in the conditions recurrent over human evolutionary history.’

The findings were published in the journal Psychological Science.

Professor Petersen added: ‘Many previous studies have shown that people’s political views cannot be predicted by standard economic models.

‘This is among the first studies to show that political views may be rational in another sense, in that they’re designed by natural selection to function in the conditions recurrent over human evolutionary history.’

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51 Responses to “Saturday Lecture Series: It’s Obvious, Isn’t It?”
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  1. 1 | May 18, 2013 9:12 am

    LIberals are wimps! Science says so! You wouldn’t want to be anti-science would you?


  2. 2 | May 18, 2013 9:35 am

    It’s a bullshit study.


  3. Prebanned
    3 | May 18, 2013 9:40 am

    Criminals are pretty strong and they are libs


  4. eaglesoars
    4 | May 18, 2013 9:41 am

    somebody go find that side-by-side of Reagan jumping a horse next to Obama in his mom jeans and helmet riding a bike. Zip had it at one point.

    What was most interesting -- and overlooked -- is that physical fitness in women did not show the same correlation.

    But how many times has it been noted that liberal women tend to be butt-ugly?


  5. Prebanned
    5 | May 18, 2013 9:43 am

    Come to think of it, for most people who support the welfare state, it is in their own self interest to do so.
    They either draw benefits or rent HUD houses or buy votes with it.

    The difference is conservative self interest means keeping what you earn while liberal self interest means taking what someone else produced.


  6. huckfunn
    6 | May 18, 2013 10:02 am

    eaglesoars wrote:

    But how many times has it been noted that liberal women tend to be butt-ugly?

    I submit as Exhibit “A”, CT Congresshag Rosa Delelauro.

    Any of you old timers remember the Sea Hag in the old Popeye cartoons?


  7. Prebanned
    7 | May 18, 2013 10:10 am

    @ huckfunn:
    Golly, that right there is a thread killer!


  8. eaglesoars
    8 | May 18, 2013 10:15 am

    Prebanned wrote:

    @ huckfunn:
    Golly, that right there is a thread killer!

    I’ll say. Debbie Washyerhair Schutlz would have sufficed


  9. Prebanned
    9 | May 18, 2013 10:18 am

    I don’t know why people think Conservatives are grouchy old scolds.
    Look at that thing, look at it!


  10. huckfunn
    10 | May 18, 2013 10:20 am

    @ Prebanned:
    That gal gave the term “butt-ugly” a bad name.


  11. Bumr50
    11 | May 18, 2013 10:24 am

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vCjssK-i4Mg


  12. Bumr50
    12 | May 18, 2013 10:25 am

    @ Bumr50:

    AAARGH!


  13. eaglesoars
    13 | May 18, 2013 10:26 am

    Prebanned wrote:

    I don’t know why people think Conservatives are grouchy old scolds.
    Look at that thing, look at it!

    Ok, I’m going to step on my own toes here. Rosa is liberal to the point of being on a ledge and teetering off it -- but she is really one of the nicest people -- warm, funny, feisty. Really. Every year she has a fundraiser that is sort of an Italian food cook-off -- and she’s a very good cook too.

    You would like her.


  14. Prebanned
    14 | May 18, 2013 10:49 am

    @ eaglesoars:
    I know a lot of nice liberals. They turn into jerks when you do not agree with their worldview. I don’t know about her, but the nice liberals around here are not to be trusted.


  15. Prebanned
    15 | May 18, 2013 10:57 am

    Here is an example of a nice warm liberal lying to Congress about lying to Congress.
    They lie.


  16. Prebanned
    16 | May 18, 2013 11:04 am

    Basically his answer that they did nothing wrong means that they will continue to discriminate against groups supporting the Constitution.
    What is a little voter fraud compared to this? Ever wonder how a muslim can say to your face that jihad is a peaceful inner struggle?
    How on earth did Ariel Castro manage to fool everyone he knew and keep those poor women in chains in his basement? Not everyone is what they seem to be.


  17. lobo91
    17 | May 18, 2013 11:07 am

    @ Prebanned:

    How on earth did Ariel Castro manage to fool everyone he knew and keep those poor women in chains in his basement? Not everyone is what they seem to be.

    Except for Muslims. The actually are as evil as they seem to be:

    The Eight Year Old Girl Who Didn’t Make It Past Her Wedding Night


  18. eaglesoars
    18 | May 18, 2013 11:08 am

    Prebanned wrote:

    They turn into jerks when you do not agree with their worldview.

    That self-righteous streak should be in the DSM 5 that just came out -- a psychiatric disorder.

    Another liberal male wuss -- Chris Hayes. Rachel Maddow has more testosterone.


  19. eaglesoars
    19 | May 18, 2013 11:18 am

    lobo91 wrote:

    Except for Muslims. The actually are as evil as they seem to be:

    Some people shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near even a goat


  20. lobo91
    20 | May 18, 2013 11:21 am

    @ eaglesoars:

    Some people shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near even a goat

    Some people just need killin’


  21. eaglesoars
    21 | May 18, 2013 11:26 am

    off to do some paperwork -- rewarded with some episodes of Justified recorded overnite


  22. 22 | May 18, 2013 11:31 am

    Mike C. wrote:

    It’s a bullshit study.

    Shut up whimp, this is clearly settle science… :twisted:


  23. Bumr50
    23 | May 18, 2013 11:33 am

    doriangrey wrote:

    whimp

    One who whimpers?

    :-)


  24. 24 | May 18, 2013 11:36 am

    Bumr50 wrote:

    doriangrey wrote:
    whimp
    One who whimpers?

    One who denies clearly irrefutable scientific consensus… :twisted:


  25. 25 | May 18, 2013 11:37 am

    “Over? Over? Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”


  26. 26 | May 18, 2013 11:42 am

    @ Mike C.:

    Flubbed it, didn’t I?

    “Over? Did you say over? Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”


  27. 27 | May 18, 2013 11:43 am

    So basically they are saying DemProgs are wussies! They had to spend money to figure that out??? :shock:


  28. heysoos
    28 | May 18, 2013 11:48 am

    new inverse equation discovered….
    when gun sales rise, crime declines…
    SCIENCE!
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/05/14/disarming-realities-as-gun-sales-soar-gun-crimes-plummet/


  29. lobo91
    29 | May 18, 2013 11:51 am

    @ heysoos:

    new inverse equation discovered….
    when gun sales rise, crime declines…
    SCIENCE!

    Not exactly a new idea.

    John Lott proved it more than a decade ago with his research.


  30. 30 | May 18, 2013 11:55 am

    @ lobo91:

    Or, as RAH postulated, “An armed society is a polite society.”


  31. Bumr50
    31 | May 18, 2013 11:56 am

    @ heysoos:

    WITCH!!!!!!

    //


  32. 32 | May 18, 2013 11:58 am

    @ lobo91:

    BTW, when you can swing it, you really do need to get you a Garand. Just saying…


  33. 33 | May 18, 2013 11:59 am

    Bumr50 wrote:

    @ heysoos:
    WITCH!!!!!!
    //

    Turned you into a Newt did she… :twisted: I suppose you got better eh? :razz:


  34. lobo91
    34 | May 18, 2013 12:00 pm

    Mike C. wrote:

    @ lobo91:
    Or, as RAH postulated, “An armed society is a polite society.”

    When was the last mass shooting at a range?


  35. heysoos
    35 | May 18, 2013 12:01 pm

    @ lobo91:
    I knew that, but I thought maybe you didn’t….just stating the obvious in jest


  36. lobo91
    36 | May 18, 2013 12:08 pm

    More IRS Bureaucrats, More Crime:

    Major BS Alert: IRS Says Leaking Of Conservative Groups’ Materials To Liberal ProPublica Was “Inadvertent And Unintentional”…

    How does an agency “inadvertently” release confidential documents?


  37. Bumr50
    37 | May 18, 2013 12:10 pm

    @ lobo91:

    By getting caught, natch!


  38. 38 | May 18, 2013 12:12 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    Mike C. wrote:
    @ lobo91:
    Or, as RAH postulated, “An armed society is a polite society.”
    When was the last mass shooting at a range?

    Well, I’ve seen lots of mass shootings at ranges -- dangerous places for paper and gongs to hang out.


  39. 39 | May 18, 2013 12:25 pm

    Mike C. wrote:

    lobo91 wrote:
    Mike C. wrote:
    @ lobo91:
    Or, as RAH postulated, “An armed society is a polite society.”
    When was the last mass shooting at a range?
    Well, I’ve seen lots of mass shootings at ranges — dangerous places for paper and gongs to hang out.

    Yup, many a clay pigeon has failed to make a shooting range crossing due to those mass shooting that frequently transpire at said places… :shock:


  40. Bumr50
    40 | May 18, 2013 12:26 pm

    Aren’t you always, technically, shooting mass?


  41. darkwords
    41 | May 18, 2013 12:46 pm

    @ 36 lobo91: the corruption runs pretty deep. That is a whole culture in government designed to violate human rights.


  42. darkwords
    42 | May 18, 2013 1:00 pm

    Trixie Fontaine ‏ 1h
    Also absurd: the sheer number of guys named Dan being referred to as “the Man”. Especially the ones still in elementary school.


  43. 43 | May 18, 2013 1:16 pm

    Interesting development in the Syrian war.


  44. The Osprey
    44 | May 18, 2013 1:24 pm

    Prebanned wrote:

    Criminals are pretty strong and they are libs

    Ahhnold Schwarzenegah is pahmped ahp and he is a Total RINO!


  45. 45 | May 18, 2013 1:30 pm

    Bumr50 wrote:

    Aren’t you always, technically, shooting mass?

    Ooh!


  46. The Osprey
    46 | May 18, 2013 1:31 pm

    Oh this is rich. The First Wookie is telling us to reject celebrity worship! :lol:


  47. lobo91
    47 | May 18, 2013 2:01 pm

    Obama Aides Ordered To Spend No More Than 10% Of Their Time Dealing With Rash Of Scandals…

    Urging focus, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough has intructed those in President Barack Obama’s circle to not get swept up in the controversies that consumed Washington’s attention this week, the New York Times reported.

    According to the Times, McDonough told staffers in the West Wing “that he expects them to spend no more than 10 percent of their time on the controversies.” McDonough met with Democratic strategists on Friday, telling them that Obama intends to renew his focus on immigration, the budget and implementation of the new federal health care law.

    Maybe they could try sticking their heads in the sand next…


  48. 48 | May 18, 2013 2:02 pm

    I just wiped down 26 en bloc clips and 200 rounds of milsurp ammo -- as tedious a job as ever you would want. OTOH, any dirt that doesn’t go in the gun won’t have to be scrubbed out of it later. At least that’s my take on the matter.

    The excitement just never ends around here…


  49. 49 | May 18, 2013 3:36 pm

    @ The Osprey:

    [Sends the Spelling Police to The Osprey's Residence]….


  50. 50 | May 18, 2013 3:37 pm

    @ The Osprey:

    That’s ’cause he did have that Kennedy pussy for a while.


  51. lobo91
    51 | May 18, 2013 3:51 pm

    This is pretty funny. Left-wing idiots are trying to start a campaign to raise $660 million to buy the Tribune Corporation, because they’re terrified that it will fall into the hands of the evil Koch brothers.

    I wonder what makes them think that they could do a better job of running a bunch of left-wing rags than the current owners? After all, they’re basically bankrupt now. More of the same isn’t going to work out any better.


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