We DISCOVER we are Liberal or Conservative

http://ockhamsbeard.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/politics-is-psychology/

Excerpt from link: Take a little-known concept called integrative complexity, or IC. People with a high IC tend to factor in multiple perspectives and pieces of information when making a decision or forming some judgement. Think John Kerry, who was even criticised as a ‘flip-flopper’ for having multiple positions on various issues. People with low IC (think George W. Bush) tend to treat problems in a black and white way and only factor in a small number of perspectives when making a decision.

The interesting thing is IC is strongly correlated with the political ideology; liberals/progressives tend to have higher IC than conservatives.

…the evidence is strongly in favour of psychology coming first. As such, we don’t choose to be liberal or conservative, instead we discover that we’re already liberal or conservative.

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