Bob Froehlich, Julia Minton, and I will discuss whether our politics are governed, or at least heavily influenced, by genetics.  There have been some studies which suggest at least a connection, though I have a long list of questions and I think there’s a bit of oversimplification of the ideologies themselves, let alone the psychology of them.  Still, these are interesting studies.

Here’s a link to the MoJo article which inspired the topic.

A Discovery article with a different emphasis.

Psychology Today.

This one looks at brain morphology.

And this article combines the above-mentioned studies and a few other items.

All Things Reconsidered, on KMUD, this Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  Call-in format.

Kids get sick.

CDC on Vaccinations

From the article:

Notably, it has not taken the U.S. eight months to reach this ugly milestone. By May, the country had already seen 288 cases of measles – the most in a five-month period since 1994, and more than had been reported for a given year in well over a decade. The cause for the resurgence is as unambiguous today as it was then. To quote Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases: The current increase in measles cases is being driven by unvaccinated people.”

The harmful effects of vaccine-refusal have not been limited to measles’ comeback. California, the most populous state in the U.S., has become a case study in what happens when people decide against vaccinating their children. The L.A. Times reports California parents today are opting out of vaccinating their kids at twice the rate they did seven years ago. State health officials say insufficient vaccination has contributed not only to the the widespread reemergence of measles, but the ongoing whooping cough epidemic, and has left the state vulnerable to outbreaks of other serious diseases.


It’s remarkable how you can almost predict someone’s position on an issue just from the tone and decibel level of someone’s voice.  This poor guy suffers the same disease as I by partaking in attempts at reasonable discussion with people for whom reason doesn’t even count.  How do I justify it?  An impressionable 12-year-old might happen on the discussion.  Granted, we all resort to passive-aggressive sarcasm.  I mean, at least it’s funny, right?  I know it’s funny when I laugh.

“You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how exhausting it is to live it!”

But clearly the discussion has to be had.  Click on the photo to enlarge.


As I’m unable to host the show tomorrow night, Julia and Bob have taken the reins.  Here’s their promo:

The inmates take over the asylum as Julia Minton and Bob Froehlich host the next edition of “All Things Reconsidered” this Thursday (Tomorrow!) at 7 pm. Join them as they explore the power of critical thinking, scientific literacy, and technology in lighting the way for humanity to face the challenges in our long-term collective future. That’s “All Things Reconsidered” on Kmud, this Thursday evening at 7 pm.

Both will join me in September to discuss whether there is a biological basis for political ideology.

In the meantime, I will be interviewing Dr. Ray Seidler, an anti-GMO advocate, on KHSU a week from tomorrow.  More on that later.

You’ve got nothing else to do, so just enjoy.

Something to look forward to in November’s election.

Future Leadership

So ends a really tragic sad story.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on genetically modified foods.

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