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psychology of conservatism

July 23rd, 2003

I don’t know if the whole thing is a joke or not (I would not put it past the people at Berkeley,) but this article [ berkeley.edu ] on the ‘psychology of conservatism’ is quite interesting. I don’t know if I can buy the whole ‘meta-analytic calculations’ which led to the conclusions… So what makes a conservative? Well, according to them:
  – Fear and aggression
  – Dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity
  – Uncertainty avoidance
  – Need for cognitive closure
  – Terror management
Sounds about right… :-)

2 Responses to “psychology of conservatism”

I go to Berkeley. No, this isn’t intended to be a joke. Yes, our professors are crackheads.

Well, professors who are crackheads might be a nightmare for their students but at least it keeps them out of the real workforce…