Sensitivity to disgust "explains 4 to 13 percent of the variation in a population’s ideology," says . Great piece in on how disgust shapes views of morality & politics.
Study after study shows that a high “disgust sensitivity” tends to go hand in hand with traditionalism, religiosity, support for authority, and distrust of outsiders. Does biology influence ideology? And if so, why? Kathleen McAuliffe reports
Fascinating article on DISGUST and the difference in the US between 'conservatives' and 'liberals'
Study after study shows that a high “disgust sensitivity” tends to go hand in hand with traditionalism, religiosity, support for authority, and distrust of outsiders. Does biology influence ideology? And if so, why? Kathleen McAuliffe reports
High “disgust sensitivity” tends to go hand in hand with traditionalism, religiosity, support for authority, and distrust of outsiders — Political beliefs may derive from a specific aspect of human biological makeup: propensity to feel physical revulsion
Check out the coverage of our work with on disgust and morality (a complex topic) , plus the brilliant and
When we experience disgust, we tend to make harsher moral judgments. This seems like a thing worth some personal contemplation.
Hayek tells us he could viscerally feel the disgust his leftist peers had for him as an “other” when he spoke as a visitor at their economics departments; the idea that leftists don’t feel disgust & don’t divide people up into “us” & “them” is ridiculous.
"Disgust influences our political views as much as or even more than long-recognized factors such as education and income bracket" ~
GHW Bush's hatred of broccoli *may* have been because conservatives are more sensitive to bitter compounds.
How you respond to disgusting pictures corresponds to - and might indicate - how conservative or liberal you are if we truly do have biological indicators it should make us all more open-minded to those who disagree politically.
Study after study shows that a high “disgust sensitivity” tends to go hand in hand with traditionalism, religiosity, support for authority, and distrust of outsiders. Does biology influence ideology? And if so, why?
Study after study shows that a high “disgust sensitivity” tends to go hand in hand with traditionalism, religiosity, support for authority, and distrust of outsiders. Does biology influence ideology? And if so, why? Kathleen McAuliffe reports
Liberals and Conservatives React in Wildly Different Ways to Repulsive Pictures | To a surprising degree, our political beliefs may derive from a specific aspect of our biological makeup: our propensity to feel physical revulsion | RT ⁦
Aww gross! There is a surprising correlate of political leaning: sensitivity to disgust. Conservatives are more easily disgusted by gross stuff, and showing people gross stuff makes them more conservative.
Study after study shows that a high “disgust sensitivity” tends to go hand in hand with traditionalism, religiosity, support for authority, and distrust of outsiders. Does biology influence ideology?
Like so many individual level explanations this isolates a correlation and hints that it’s really a cause. What of geographic distribution? Not likely that people in some places just happened to react differently to disgust and so became conservatives
"Disgust sensitivity is related to conservatism across a wide variety of cultures, geographic regions and political systems."
Not sure what to make of this, but interesting research. Worth following ....
Piece on disgust. Well-worth reading. Disgust predisposes us to irrational responses, but as has noted, disgust seems to develop later in childhood. I find predisposition hopeful: once we recognize a kneejerk response, reason can step in.
What can disgust tell us about someone's morality or the way he or she votes?