It’s amazing the amount of email this post has generated, and unprintable comments from crazed libs that I then delete for the sake of decorum.
Al gleefully posted on his blog a story highlighting this conservative red meat book, posing as a "study" by a so-called "eminent psychiatrist" - Lyle Rossiter entitled: THE LIBERAL MIND: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness
First, looking at the elderly Dr. Rossiter's resume (pdf), you'll see he finished his medical degree in 1962, about the time lobotomies were being phased out. He completed his residency in psychiatry in the mid 60's. Since then, he reports just two pieces of research, one when he completed his residency in 1966 and one in 1991. This guy is not a researcher and certainly doesn't qualify as "eminent" by a long shot, particularly in the area of psychiatric research (except maybe to wingnuts like Al).
Rossiter's book seems specifically written for authoritarians who crave reinforcement of their ideology. Obviously, the good Dr. wanted a provocative book to sell in order to pad his retirement.
The Catskill Commentator didn't like the information I pointed out, particularly that this book was written as a pathetically weak, non-peer reviewed, unauthoritative response to two studies I cited. (See side bar for links).
One, the $1.2 million study by the US Government's National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as: a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity".
The other, A study by NYU and UCLA published in the Journal Nature Neuroscience shows liberals have a greater cognitive ability to problem solve and cope with changing conditions than conservatives who are more "persistent and structured" and are more reliant on "habitual responses." From the study:
"Liberalism was associated with stronger conflict-related anterior cingulate activity, suggesting greater neurocognitive sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual response pattern."Essentially, conservatives tend to rely on ‘persistence’ in a ‘habitual response pattern,’ despite signals that this response pattern should change...
As I had mentioned in previous posts, denialism is a hallmark of authoritarian conservatism, as reported in Bob Woodward's book: State of Denial.
Here we see the Catskill Commentator illustrating these authoritarian tendencies:
Faulty reasoning: Uncritically accepting insufficient evidence that supports their beliefs. Uncritically trusting people who tell them what they want to hear.
Here's a complete list of such characteristics of authoritarians like Al Czervic, the cowardly comment deleter.
On his blog you'll also find such gems as:
LOW BLOW? HUSSEIN OBAMA SUED FOR THREATENING GAY DRUG USER
SLICK WILLY: WE MUST TRASH OUR ECONOMY –to save planet
COURT RULES SCHOOL CAN CHUCK LESBOS
PEACENIK SLIMEBAGS IN RETREAT-ADMIT DEFEAT
They just LOVE John McCain, their guns, war, and all things military, racist, anti-gay, anti-liberal, anti-education, anti-science, etc.... It goes to show you, dumb-ass bigot rednecks aren't exclusive to the rural south.
Catskill Commentator posted a response to this post BUT DIDN"T EVEN have the balls to link to this blog. Dumb-ass coward. Note: this is how conservatives operate, when they can not understand or face facts, they employ denialism and surround themselves with 'yes men'. Sounds like Bush, doesn't it?