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"A Total Lack of Reason in Political Decision-making"

"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD." - Isaiah 1:18

God seems to value reason in his interactions with the Prophet Isaiah, but a new studys hows how far we are from this idea in our own "hashing things out" politically.

A study on the brian activity of both Republican and Democrats during political debate:

"We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning," said Drew Westen, director of clinical psychology at Emory University. "What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits hypothesized to be involved in regulating emotion, and circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts."

Bias on both sides

The test subjects on both sides of the political aisle reached totally biased conclusions by ignoring information that could not rationally be discounted, Westen and his colleagues say.

Then, with their minds made up, brain activity ceased in the areas that deal with negative emotions such as disgust. But activity spiked in the circuits involved in reward, a response similar to what addicts experience when they get a fix, Westen explained.

The study points to a total lack of reason in political decision-making."
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