Brain Structure Drives The Consequent Effects Of Economic Inequality

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Posted on: » Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:07 pm #21

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Brain Structure Drives The Consequent Effects Of Economic Inequality where Donald Trump's reptilian brain (amygdala) deprives oxygen to the frontal lobes.

Many times I will say the conservative brain structure "short circuits" thei...

Re: Brain Structure Drives The Consequent Effects Of Economic Inequality

Post by Doctor A » Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:07 pm

In addition to a reptilian brain, that is to say a fear and anxiety based amygdala brain, Donald Trump exhibits the Dunning-Kruger effect. This boils down to the fact that individuals who are stupid are many times too stupid to know they are stupid and exhibit a paradoxical sense of inflated self confidence and superiority.

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In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people of low ability have illusory superiority and mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is. The cognitive bias of illusory superiority comes from the inability of low-ability people to recognize their lack of ability. Without the self-awareness of metacognition, low-ability people cannot objectively evaluate their actual competence or incompetence.

The Intellectualist
Donald Trump Is The ‘Dunning-Kruger’ President For A ‘Dunning-Kruger’ Age
By JakeThomas 10-14-18 ... scyjUy2QQ/
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein people of low ability have a false sense of superiority.
The Dunning-Kruger effect essentially says that “people who are incompetent are too incompetent to realise they are incompetent; people who are stupid, are too stupid to be able to work out they’re stupid; you don’t know what you don’t know. Conversely, it takes a degree of intelligence to have the insight to realise you may not know things, and to understand that you may not be as clever as you think.”

All things considered, it seems clear that Trump is the perfect Dunning-Kruger president for our times.
Trump is the living embodiment of the Dunning-Kruger effect…. In a nutshell, Dunning and Kruger got people to do tests, then estimate how well they did. They found that the higher people scored, the lower they expected they had scored, and the lower they scored, the higher they estimated their score to be.
The Cut
Jan. 9, 2017
Donald Trump, the Dunning-Kruger President
By Jessica Pressler ... scyjUy2QQ/
In hindsight, this kind self-reflection may have been useful in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, when mentions of Dunning-Kruger on social media reached a new high. In the beginning, many of them were in reference to the candidate Donald Trump, whose combination of over the top blustering (“My IQ is one of the highest,” he has claimed) and obvious ignorance in areas such as foreign policy struck many Twitters users as, “the personification of the Dunning-Kruger effect.”
Dunning himself didn’t disagree. “During the campaign, Trump made a number of statements that didn’t seem well-considered,” he says, citing Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban, his apparent unfamiliarity with the nuclear triad, and the time he suggested United States creditors “take a haircut” on Treasury bonds without seeming to understand the role of said bonds in the world economy. “It seemed, especially in contrast with Hillary Clinton, that this was one of the least prepared candidates in my lifetime, but also the most confident candidate. It seemed like the most public example of the Dunning-Kruger effect, or something that looked like the Dunning-Kruger effect, that I’d ever seen.”
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Posted on: » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:44 pm #22

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Re: Brain Structure Drives The Consequent Effects Of Economic Inequality

Post by Doctor A » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:44 pm

According to Paul Krugman, the Republican Party is a party of liars. From scientific research it is known that liars have more white matter than gray matter in their brains compared to norms.

The New York Times
A Party Defined by Its Lies
At this point, good people can’t be good Republicans.
Paul Krugman Nov. 1, 2018 ... -lies.html
What are Republicans lying about? As I said, almost everything. But there are two big themes. They lie about their agenda, pretending that their policies would help the middle and working classes when they would, in fact, do the opposite. And they lie about the problems America faces, hyping an imaginary threat from scary dark-skinned people and, increasingly, attributing that threat to Jewish conspirators.
What Republicans truly stand for, and have for decades, is cutting taxes on the rich and slashing social programs. Sure enough, last year they succeeded in ramming through a huge tax cut aimed mainly at corporations and the wealthy, and came within one vote of passing a health “reform” that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would have caused 32 million Americans to lose health coverage.

The G.O.P.’s problem is that this agenda is deeply unpopular. Large majorities of Americans oppose cuts in major social programs, while most voters want to raise, not reduce, taxes on corporations and high-income individuals.

But instead of changing their agenda to meet voters’ concerns, Republicans have resorted to a strategy of deception and distraction. On one side, they have gone full black-is-white, up-is-down on policy substance. Most spectacularly, they are posing as defenders of protection for people with pre-existing conditions — protection that their failed health bill would have stripped away, and which they are now trying to take away through the courts. And they’re claiming that Democrats are the ones threatening Medicare.
The crucial thing to realize is that these aren’t just ugly, destructive lies. Beyond that, they shape the G.O.P.’s nature. It is now impossible to have intellectual integrity and a conscience while remaining a Republican in good standing. Some conservatives have these qualities; almost all of them have left the party, or are on the edge of excommunication.
As I explained in my previous post #14,
Conservatives Are More Likely to Believe Lies and Liberals Don't Share or Believe Fake News As Much As Right-Wingers. Why You Ask? Because Their Brains Are Wired Differently.
Scientific research indicates the following about liars,
After they were categorized, the researchers used Magnetic Resonance Imaging to explore structural brain differences between the groups. The liars had significantly more white matter and slightly less gray matter than those they were measured against, Raine said.
But in normal people, its the gray matter or the brain cells connected by the white matter that helps keep the impulse to lie in check.
Pathological liars have a surplus of white matter, the study found, and a deficit of gray matter. That means they have more tools to lie coupled with fewer moral restraints than normal people, Raine said.

They've got the equipment to lie, and they don't have the disinhibition that the rest of us have in telling the big whoppers,he said.
Basically the Republican Party is a party of individuals that do not have enough brain gray matter in proportion to their amount of brain white matter to prevent them from being blatant liars. Again it is their brain structure that determines this grouping, an immoral grouping at that. Deception, deflection, and a willingness to do any action where the ends will justify any means to get there are all woven into this complex web of lies. They are an immoral lot of mostly white men who believe "white lives matter" as a call to action; in truth, it is really white matter that matters the most.

Finally, this brings us to the biggest liar, Donald Trump. Here is Robert Reich's short video taking us down memory lane with: "Trump's 30 Biggest Broken Promises," also known as lies.

And let us not forget his pledge to bring the GDP to 4% and above which by today's date has not been accomplished.

Trump Failed to Deliver on Economic Growth Promise, New Report Shows
By Ryan Sit On 1/26/18 ... vos-792406

"Trump pledged a 4 percent growth repeatedly during the presidential campaign and into his presidency. He was so sanguine that he predicted it may rise even higher at the presidential debate in October 2016. "We're bringing [the Gross Domestic Product] from 1 percent up to 4 percent," he said. "And I actually think we can go higher than 4 percent. I think you can go to 5 percent or 6 percent."
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