Neuroscience and the 2008 Election

How does modern neuroscience make sense of the current McCain-Obama race? Have a listen to Christopher Lydon's fascinating conversation with George Lakoff, a professor of cognitive linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley (iTunes - MP3 - Feed - Web Site).

Lakoff is the author of the new book, The Political Mind: Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain, and he's essentially arguing here that the Democrats have traditionally framed their arguments with a cold rationalism .... and lost ... while the Republicans have grounded theirs in a kind of emotionalism that squares with how the brain functions. But, with Obama, things are starting to change...

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