Whether you’re a liberal or a conservative, former Vice President Al Gore says your political ideology was predetermined before you were even born. According to Gore, the “scientists” have found ideology in our genes:
“I think, first of all, scientists now know that there is, in human nature, a divide between what we sometimes call ‘liberals’ and ‘conservatives,’” Gore told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And it gives an advantage, you can speculate, to the human species to have some people who are temperamentally inclined to try to change the future, experiment with new things, and others who are temperamentally inclined to say, ‘Wait a minute, not too fast, let’s make sure we don’t do anything rash here.’”
This is a popular argument on the liberal left. Progressives like to argue that liberals and atheists are just “more evolved” than conservatives:
It’s all linked to the evolution of intelligence, says author Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Kanazawa’s theory is that intelligence—particularly our ability for on-the-spot problem solving and reasoning—arose as an adaptation to deal with the unusual and unexpected, such as a sudden forest fire.
If this is the case, why is it that so many liberals lack basic common sense? If I’m caught in a forest fire, for example, I’d bet that conservatives have better survival instincts than godless liberal academics. In my experience, common sense always trumps book smarts.