Tuesday, 27 April 2010

The Science of Attitudes

More detail here:

...the idea that people in positions of power often behave hypocritically isn’t new. It is said, after all, that power corrupts. Now, Joris Lammers from Tilburg University has found solid evidence for this.

Through five compelling experiments, Lammers has shown that powerful people are more likely to behave immorally but paradoxically less likely to tolerate immorality in other people. Even thinking about the feeling of power can trigger these double standards.

I wonder if this phenomenon is stronger in people that self-identify as conservative over those that self-identify as liberal? Conservatives, generally speaking, place more value on the individual. Does this higher sense of self-worth make it harder to observe personal failures of their own rigid moral code?

Is this in any way related to a poll that finds only 9% of scientists self-identify as conservative?

Does a personal inability to be objective interfere with objective thinking as a whole? Or am I stretching this "link" too far?

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