Too good not to post entirely, please give traffic to original site though. ‘Tis amazeballs, like.
Science is gradually confirming what anyone who pays attention to the way left-liberals live has known all along:
A wide range of brain regions contributed to the prediction of political ideology (Figure 3A), including those known from past work to be involved in the processing and interoception of disgust and other stimuli with negative affective valence, but also those involved in more basic aspects of attentive sensory processing: we found regions known to be involved in disgust recognition [17, 36, 37, 38] (e.g., insula, basal ganglia, and amygdala), perception of bodily signals  (e.g., insula), the experience of physical/social pain  or observing others in pain  (e.g., S2, insula, PAG, and thalamus), and emotion regulation  (e.g., DLPFC, insula, amygdala, and pre-SMA), along with regions involved in information integration  (e.g., thalamus and amygdala), attention [43, 44] (e.g., amygdala, IPL, FFG, STG/MTG), memory retrieval [44, 45] (e.g., hippocampus, amygdala, and IPL), and also inhibitory control  (e.g., IFG, DLPFC, and pre-SMA), perhaps to suppress innate responses. Although our results suggest that disgusting pictures evoke very different emotional processing in conservatives and liberals, it will take a range of targeted studies in the future to tease apart the separate contribution of each brain circuit.
We proposed that conservatives, compared to liberals, have greater negativity bias , which includes both disgusting and threatening conditions in our study. Our finding that only disgusting pictures, especially in the animal-reminder category, differentiate conservatives from liberals might be indicative of a primacy for disgust in the pantheon of human aversions, but it is also possible that this result is due to the fact that, compared to threat, disgust is much easier to evoke with visual images on a computer screen.
Translated from the jargon, what that means is that there is solid scientific grounds for believing that leftists are too stupid to understand potential threats and too filthy to be repulsed by disgusting things.
Which one hardly needs any scientific evidence to correctly conclude as simple observation of the behavior of most left-liberals is sufficient to prove the case beyond any shadow of a reasonable doubt.
I had previously recommended that Lena Dunham be harpooned and processed for oil, but now I think that she may have some additional utility to science before her Innsmouth genes come to the fore and she shambles off to join the shoggoths deep under the sea. It seems to me that we could measure units of disgust in terms of a Dunham scale, similar to the Kelvin scale, with the null point absolute zero indicating a perfect Dunhamian left-liberal who is completely inert and incapable of being disgusted by anything except someone failing to toe the politically correct line du jour.
What caught my interest;
Recent work suggests that BOLD time-series data from a single stimulus can categorically differentiate healthy individuals from those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (unpublished data).
The best data is, ironically, unpublished data.
EVERY. DAMN. TIME.
The Discussion section is, as always, a laughriot of pure sarcasm for those who can read between the lines.
People tend to think that their political views are purely cognitive (i.e., rational). However, our results further support the notion that emotional processes are tightly coupled to complex and high-dimensional human belief systems , and such emotional processes might play a much larger role than we currently believe, possibly outside our awareness of its influence.
Several groups have suggested that people are born with certain dispositions and traits that influence the formation of their political beliefs [3, 4]. Also, several studies have shown that life history (e.g., ) and traumatic experiences  can affect political views.
Which side of the spectrum has more fuck-ups. Go on.
Although our results suggest that disgusting pictures evoke very different emotional processing in conservatives and liberals, it will take a range of targeted studies in the future to tease apart the separate contribution of each brain circuit.
Don’t forget pathological altruism.
Our finding that only disgusting pictures, especially in the animal-reminder category, differentiate conservatives from liberals might be indicative of a primacy for disgust in the pantheon of human aversions
dare you to say one is more evolved. Double dare.
Second, and relatedly, it is important also to know how individual differences in the capacity to regulate emotion , and the neural bases of that capacity, are related to political ideology.
One cannot. Symptoms include over-sensitivity, crying and being offended at literally everything.
what are the links between political ideology and other forms of disgust, such as moral disgust?
No such thing in the world of ‘tolerance’ and moral relativism.
And, finally, the present study raises important questions about the possibility of, and obstacles to, understanding and cooperation across divides in political ideology. Would the recognition that those with different political beliefs from our own also exhibit different disgust responses from our own help us or hinder us in our ability to embrace them as coequals in democratic governance? Future work will be necessary to answer these important questions.
Translation: When we’ve found a way to diagnose the idiots, how can we stop them from dragging us all down?
Lololololol-ing into the sunset…