In the final segment on this subject, I want to address how consistently stimulating Liberal amygdalae is a viable long term political strategy, how it can condition within the Liberal a more group centric psychology (or at least condition an aversion to supporting out-group favoring psychologies), how this may have all been a part of a more primitive programming scheme, designed to produce maturity in individuals when it was needed, and how this strategy could develop the populace’s brains so as to motivate them towards the pursuit of greatness and the love of America, and away from the treasonous disloyalty of Liberalism.
I am now of the opinion that amygdala development, and the associated development of Conservatism, function to adapt an organism to it’s environment as completely as possible. As Mangan has pointed out, this probably has to do with dopamine function as well, but no matter. Both mechanisms work the same, in pursuit of the same purpose.
If times are easy, resources are free, and there is little threat to stimulate the amygdala, there is little to develop it. As a result, one’s psychology will trend towards the r side of the spectrum, and from a practical perspective, individuals will make hay converting environmental substrate into offspring as quickly as possible, with little regard for offspring fitness.
If however, resources grow scarce, death will enter the arena, and begin to instill fear, through amygdala stimulation. As Jost has shown, such stimuli will trigger wide ranging conversions in individuals towards Conservatism. What is occurring, is amygdalae are developing, and individuals will, without conscious awareness, begin to shift their psychology and their behavior towards a K-strategy, designed to produce offspring which will survive this period.
Obviously, this plays out upon genetic predisposition, and there will always be some who will not develop properly, and are culled as a result. But the overall effect will stand as an example of a perfect molding of psychology (and reproductive strategy) to environment, designed to maximize the probability of passing one’s gene’s forward.
Today, were government to fail, resources to grow scarce, and the specter of violent competition to enter our national environment, Americans would rise to meet the challenges, and as a result, Conservatism would rapidly rise. Soon Liberal foolishness, especially relating to giving what little we have to the government so it might be redistributed to the welfarites, would not be tolerated. Have no doubt, an accurate description of the modern Liberal would rapidly become a raucously funny story we would tell our disbelieving grandchildren. Indeed, absent an aggressive change of economic course, I suspect this is the direction we are heading today.
Of course, it would be nice to avert such an unpleasant outcome. If only we knew of a way to stimulate Liberal amygdalae, without requiring the horrors of a societal collapse, and a radical reduction in resource availability.
That is, of course the utility of this work, and the debate techniques which arise from it. r-strategists are programmed with extraordinarily sensitive amygdalae, easily overwhelmed by the most basic of stimuli. This both, produces a conflict averse (and aversive-stimuli-averse) reproductive strategy, and it maintains the adaptable r-strategist’s brain in a state of extreme readiness to respond to the amygdala stimulating environmental cues of a K-selective environment. Not all r-strategists will be adaptable, but many will, and those which are, will rapidly turn K when environmental stimuli indicate the time is right. Those which are not adaptable will remain sensitive to the cues discussed here, and will probably find themselves conditioned to withdraw from the public debate.
So if we present these cues to the populace regularly, it will be possible to mimic the K-selective environment, and similarly condition the populace to avoid all of the Liberal foolishness we presently are confronted with. As with the Mike Wallace roundtable, the hardened Liberals would become conditioned to avoid open pronouncements of their Liberalism, while the Lemmings would be conditioned to support Conservative values.
If we do not make an effort to present these clues, our populace’s amygdalae will remain undeveloped, our nation’s greatness will steadily decline, and eventually, nature will apply these cues herself, in a much less pleasant and controllable fashion.
Use of these debating techniques is neither a mark of inferior intellectual ability, nor a mark of a poor grasp of the intellectual side of a debate. Rather it is a mark of the pinnacle of intellect and understanding. Such individuals will not only demonstrate a certainty of their own position’s superiority – they will also demonstrate the most intimate knowledge of their enemy’s innate weaknesses and inferiority.
Those Conservatives who refuse to use these strategies in debate will demonstrate both an uncertainty of their own intellectual ability to understand and perceive correctness, an indecisive cowardice in the battle for Conservative principles and freedom, and a disgusting disloyalty to the freedom loving, Conservative movement.
As Sun Tzu wrote, “Know yourself and know your enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.”
Touching the Raw Amygdala: An Analysis of Liberal Debate Tactics
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