Left Brain Right Brain

Perhaps as a natural contribution to the cause, American political development resembles the general structure of a normal human brain—at least closely enough to make a useful metaphor.

Right brain, the goofy fun side: If we had to depend on the left hemisphere for every function, we would never be able to make the estimates required for fast computation. We can go flying, skiing, boating, and run complicated courses without faltering because of our fun hemisphere. Our fun side also enables us to fall in love, incites us to express that love in poetry and sweet talk, enjoy the pleasurable feelings of love, the sense of its warmth, and the joyous warmth of empathy with a beloved person.

Left brain, the serious side: The left hemisphere, if given control over all our actions, would stay so engaged with analyzing data that we could only respond after we wrecked. Observing a car to our left, calculating distances and the amount of its obvious weaving, the sudden appearance of a truck crossing the upcoming intersection would initiate brain freeze in much the same way an overload of data temporarily interrupts your computer. The fun side estimates rather than calculates, and so requires far less data to make a series of quick responses with rapid adjustments to correct inaccurate guesses.

If left in full control, the fun side of our brain would respond to emotional manipulation with fanatical zeal and quickly get us into trouble. If left in full control, the calculating side of the brain would turn us into half-starved and hated monks too busy at trying to figure everything out to do much about it, and capable to  point out where things went wrong only after the game was lost.

Useful conclusions can be drawn from this imperfect metaphor. But, first:

  • Facts are important to results; therefore study of all the relevant parameters must be undertaken and experienced before starting something dangerous or that cannot be stopped. (Wisdom decrees you should not drive a car—or fly a plane—without first learning to use the pedals, knobs and switches, and to follow the rules).
  • Facts are verifiable information gained from firsthand sources. Facts are not opinions, guesses, rumors, untested nor untestable information, hypotheses, nor things we fear could happen.

With understanding and acceptance of those facts about facts behind us, we can express some conclusions:

  • All sides of a process must work in harmony. An unbalanced brain, like our federal congress, stays subject to major malfunction, mostly due to careless programming.
  • Outside influences can cause distractions that corrupt cognition. Anything that affects the thinking process may yield corrupted results.
  • Once introduced, corruption poisons everything that follows it.
  • Whatever corrupts cognition corrupts the thinker.
    • We fail to recognize corrupted cognition in ourselves. To learn and apply critical thought and the scientific method provides the only armor humankind has developed against corrupted cognition.

    Poorly understood across our mesmerized population, critical thinking and applied science must become required subjects in every school, beginning at the youngest possible ages. Giving children lessons about anything before teaching them to think subjects them to psychological danger.

  • We fail to recognize corrupted cognition in ourselves. To learn and apply critical thought and the scientific method provides the only armor humankind has developed against corrupted cognition.

Poorly understood across our mesmerized population, critical thinking and applied science must become required subjects in every school, beginning at the youngest possible ages. Giving children lessons about anything before teaching them to think subjects them to psychological danger.