All this time I thought Conservatives were just plain fucking stupid, it turns out they are “Low Effort Thinkers”.
The jokes just write themselves at this point.
From Suzie Madrak over at Crooks and Liars;
Interesting studies. Whenever I argue with a conservative, I always end up saying in frustration, “But it’s not that simple!” It appears that for some people, their inability to reason out complex ideas is what makes them conservatives, and not their hatred of the human race (although there may be some overlap there)! What do you think?
Good news for conservatives as a compilation of four recent social psychology studies demonstrate that rather than necessarily being pathological, political conservatism is promoted when people rely on low-effort thinking.
In the four studies conducted by Scott Eidelman, Christian S. Crandall, Jeffrey A. Goodman, and John C. Blanchar published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc, they concluded, “(P)olitical conservatism is promoted when people rely on low-effort thinking. When effortful, deliberate responding is disrupted or disengaged, thought processes become quick and efficient; these conditions promote conservative ideology… low-effort thought might promote political conservatism because its concepts are easier to process, and processing fluency increases attitude endorsement.”
In other words, complex thinking makes their heads hurt, so they don’t do it!
I love that last one, the stupid, it burns!
Whether that low-effort thinking comes from being busy, overwhelmed, or inebriated, the study shows that under conditions of what we could call cognitive impairment or limited time resulting in low-effort thinking, people are more conservative politically.
That explains John Boehner anyway.
I still think there must be something else to it because I drank heavily for many years and I was NEVER as thick headed and ignorant as your typical Carbunkle Conservative.
I’m thinking there must be some kind of mental filter they have that blocks out anything logical.
Naw, I am just going to go with my gut, they are just plain fucking stupid.