Tag: Evolutionary Psychology

Why was Election 2020 so Disappointing?

The Blue Tsunami and the Disappointing Result from Election 2020


Reading time: 6 minutes
I KNOW, it’s a longish read, but Election 2020 was REALLY disappointing! It occupied a big place in the Airing of Grievances during Festivus.Here are the cognitive tendencies that explain why our expectation of a blue tsunami were met by a blue puddle.

The Truth is Out There: Trump Still gets the Benefit of the Doubt?


Reading Time: 5 minutes
It is unbelievable that Trump’s approval rating remains as high as it is and even improves! It is unbelievable that 51% of the population thinks he is providing strong and decisive leadership in during the time of COVID19. And, we’re killing people over social distancing and wearing masks? People are taking hydroxycloroquine, calling about the safety of bleach, and not wearing masks? Why does Trump have any credibility with anyone since we all know it is bullshit? Science can explain…

Climate Change = Increases in Demagoguery, Nationalism, Authoritarianism, Violence, and Cruelty


Reading time: 9 minutes!?! OUCH! There are lots of heading, though, so you can skip around and find the juiciest most interesting parts.
Climate change news just keeps getting worse. And, until we reach some kind of happy equilibrium — that’s a population of about 500,00 human beings, BTW — with planet earth, it probably will just keep getting worse, too. I mean, as bad as it is right now, when billions of people begin dying, that will be worse. So, what happens when the worst happens? Unfortunately, even more bad stuff: violence and cruelty

Open Carry, the Ultimate Gaslighting Technique


Reading time: 3 minutes
Is an armed society a more polite society? Hell no. Of course you should worry about seeing a white man armed in a public place. Haven’t nearly every mass shooter been an armed white man in a public place? For the open carry folks to claim that we should trust them to be the good guy with the gun is the ultimate in gaslighting.

Why do Poor Whites Vote Against Their Best Interests

Poor Whites Voting Republican


Many have wondered why people vote against their best interests by electing candidates that support policies and laws that will hurt them. Why do so many people believe what Donald Trump says when it is so clear that he is lying? Why do we have an election in which so many voters are angry and disaffected and in a “revolutionary” mood?

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