Sunday, October 06, 2019
When political debates get heated, it's easy to think that Democrats and Republicans are so different that they might as well be separate species. Their extreme, opposing views on the world seem so deeply rooted that's hard to imagine anyone softening their position, much less changing their mind. But new research suggests that those views aren't as deeply rooted as most people think. In fact, in an alternate universe, they could have easily gone a completely different way.
Michael Macy, a researcher at Cornell University's Social Dynamics Laboratory, wondered, "Why have the major political parties shifted positions on issues like free trade, balanced budgets, legalization of marijuana, same-sex marriage and trust in science? The findings, published in Science Advances, show something mildly shocking: It seems that luck, rather than deeply held ideals, leads political parties to their positions on a variety of issues.
Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.