[extropy-chat] The Bible Belt Paradox

pjmanney pj at pj-manney.com
Mon Jan 15 20:20:20 UTC 2007

>PJ, I agree with your observation about the cognitive psychology of framing 
>negatives, much like "don't think about the elephant in the room", and I agree 
>with your observation of a geosocial correlation between bible thumpers and 
>However, while I very much agree that this cruelty is a problem of moral 
>framing, I think the effective frame is larger than, and encompasses the 
>cognitive-linguistic effect that you point out.
>George Lakoff paints a bigger picture with his comparison of "strict father" 
>versus "nurturing parents" models of moral society.  More at 

Thanks for this.  I've always wanted to read him, just never got around to it, especially after he and Steve Pinker faced off for weeks in The New Republic.  Didn't read those, either, but I guess I should have...

I'm adding it to the pile.


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