No one expects the Conservative worldview!

[ via The Esoteric Science Resource Center ] The bulleted list of defining characteristics of a political conservative, as proposed by a group of UCal researchers, reads like the script from the Spanish Inquisition skit:

  • Fear and aggression
  • Dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity
  • Uncertainty avoidance
  • Need for cognitive closure
  • Terror management

The researchers go on to say:

“For a variety of psychological reasons, then, right-wing populism may have more consistent appeal than left-wing populism, especially in times of potential crisis and instability,” he said.