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Strong Fathers, Glass Ceilings & the Neurobiology of Politics

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

VoteConscience“A human brain is a remarkable thing. It isn’t what you think it is, and every part of it matters in politics. If you are going to be a good citizen—conservative or liberal—you should know how your brain is working.”

Cognitive scientist George Lakoff has spent four decades studying how the human mind makes meaning, and how that factors into politics. He concludes that while people may believe they are “voting their conscience,” for the most part they are voting their “un-conscience.”

Lakoff, a professor of linguistics at UC-Berkeley, says 98% of what we call our reasoning is going on unconsciously. “It is what our brain is doing while we’re busy thinking we are being conscious.”

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