June 15th, 2008


Heatwave broken?

It rained while I slept, and the house is no longer uncomfortably hot. I no longer need to douse my hair with cold water. I have even turned back on the protein folding program which runs on two of my four processors. Life is good.

This was as expected, since the rain and overcast usually comes when people go on vacation here. The heat usually comes back in July sometime though.
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Right-wingers are nice, and they know it!

Right-wingers really are nicer people, latest research shows (Daily Mail Online)

While the tone of the article is too personal, the conclusions seem correct albeit unfinished. It seems likely that socialism will naturally attract people who abhor personal responsibility, much as certain brands of Christianity have attracted people who want to pray for forgiveness and sin again the next day. Certain patterns of thought simply go better together than others. But are liberal thoughts the source of the pervasive everyday narcissism that threatens western civilization? Or would these people simply have attached themselves to some other philosophy?

I read an article in New Scientist some months ago that implied that political leaning was largely genetic. People were born with a certain fear of change, and drifted toward conservatism. Those who did not have this fear, drifted to the left instead.

I guess this may explain why conservatives outlive liberals, other things being equal. Open-minded people are more likely to try various hazardous activities, while close-minded people stick with the proven wholesome routines.