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Liberal and Conservative – Different Cognitive Processes

There are two basic types of thought and knowledge. Different authors name and describe them differently, but broadly speaking they’re talking about the same thing. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

The first style in each of the following pairs correlates more with the political left, and both styles correlate with the political right.  In short, the Venn diagram of styles of thought is similar to the Venn diagram of moral foundations

The Independent Whig: Reason and Experience

Karen Armstrong: Logos and Mythos

Jonathan Haidt: Analytic (i.e., WEIRD) and Holistic

Jonathan Haidt: Flatland and Spaceland

Thomas Sowell: Unconstrained and Constrained

Michael Oakeshott: Technical and Practical


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