Our lizard brain politics


Why our brains aren’t built for democracy

While electing a mayor or prime minister can often be a head-scratching process, a provocative new thesis from the University of British Columbia suggests our brains may not be cut out for the political system we’ve created. We may, in fact, be too dumb for democracy. David Moscrop, a Ph.D political science candidate at UBC, points out that modern democracy was built on the idea that citizens are rational and autonomous. But he says voters across the political spectrum are more likely to vote with instinct than reason. “We’re motivated by our so-called ‘lizard brains,’” says Moscrop. He says the voting public isn’t encouraged to wade through political platforms to make informed decisions. ….[READ]


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