[Marxism] Republicans Have Reptile Brains- The Pop Psychology of the ABB Camp
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Tue Aug 17 13:50:11 MDT 2004
Published on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 by CommonDreams.org
Cheney Speaks to the Reptile Brain
by Thom Hartmann
(excerpt) Here's how it works, and how Dick Cheney just used it masterfully:
We humans, being the product of a long evolutionary process, really have
three brains. And, as the Bush psy-ops folks know, politicians who win
campaigns do so because they speak to all three of those brains.
First there's the most primitive of our brains, sometimes referred to as the
"reptilian brain" because we share it in common with reptiles like
alligators and komodo dragons. The reptile brain has a singular focus:
survival. It doesn't think in abstract terms, and doesn't feel complex
emotions. Instead, it's responsible for fight-or-flight, hunger and fear,
attack or run. It's also non-verbal - you can stimulate it with the right
words, but it operates purely at the level of visceral stimulus-response.
The second brain is one we share with the animals that came along after
reptiles - mammals. The mammalian brain - sometimes referred to as the
Limbic Brain because it extends around and off of the reptilian brain in a
dog-leg shape that resembles a limb - handles complex emotions like love,
indignation, compassion, envy, and hope. Anybody who's worked with animals
or had a pet knows that mammals share these emotions with humans, because we
share this brain. While a snake can't feel shame or enthusiasm, it's
completely natural for a dog or cat. And, like the reptile brain, the
mammalian brain can also be stimulated indirectly by words, and is also
non-verbal. It expresses itself exclusively in the form of feelings,
although these are more often felt in the heart than the gut.
The third brain - the neocortex ("new" cortex) - is something we share with
the higher apes, although ours is a bit more sophisticated. Resting over the
limbic brain (which is, in turn, atop the reptilian brain), our neocortex is
where we process abstract thought, words and symbols, logic and time.
When Dick Cheney recently took John Kerry's comment about sensitivity in the
war on terror out of context and spun it for his audiences, he was
performing a psychologically masterful bit manipulation of all three brains.
Only ridicule with a subtext of fear has this power.
full article at http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0817-13.htm Now if I
can only find a pop pysch analysis of the ABB brain?! We could have perfect
yin and yang balance. Tony
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