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Strange brains

A new study shows that liberals and conservatives have different BRAIN STRUCTURE. Well then, wouldn’t this discovery be catnip to a cartoonist blogger? Yes it would. Allow me to paraphrase the study’s findings for you.

Liberals have a larger anterior cingulate cortex. Much larger. Up to fourteen pounds larger. This is the area of the brain devoted to higher thought and analytical skills and moral reasoning and all-around attractiveness and lovability, with a certain sacrifice in athletic aptitude and eyeglasses-repair skills. The massively oversized cranium contributes to both of the drawbacks.

Conservatives have larger “amygdala” a brittle and encrusted part of the brain stem that translates roughly as “cave man.” This part was thought to be entirely vestigial, last being studied as the part of a Stegasaurus’s brain that controlled the spikey tail-club. It’s only current known use is it’s hair-trigger ability to detect neighborhood children on one’s grass. Apparently it is now seen as capable of misapprehending actual budget numbers and climate science as neighborhood children.

Tom Toles is the editorial cartoonist for The Post and writes the Tom Toles blog. See all of his cartoons here.


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