Conservatives and Change—Why Are We Often Against It?

Studies have shown that conservatives are more cautious than liberals, and are generally more averse to change. The very word “conservative” implies a desire to conserve or preserve the status quo.

In this episode, we embark on an open, entirely unscripted conversation on why conservatives often resist change, what the term “conservative” means, what values do conservatives share that define them and make them more fearful of change, and whether conservatives should resist or embrace change. The conversation doesn’t shy away from disagreement, and touches on anthropology, philosophy, theology, and metaphysics.

This episode is the first part of a multi-episode series on Conservatives and Change.

Episode Notes, Sources and Corrections

Studies (1, 2) have shown conservatives have more active right amygdalas, which is the center of the brain responsible for processing fear.
Other studies have shown that conservatives are more easily disgusted.

Yale research showed that when conservatives feel they’re safe from harm they become more liberal on some issues. At the same time, when liberals think about death they become more conservative.

In 2014, Time magazine conducted an online survey and found that conservative readers tended to say they’d rather visit Times Square than the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

At one point Keith and Remington mention two Greek words for love, philia and eros. In Greek, there are multiple words for “love” that each have a different meaning. These terms are germane to philosophical and religious discussion on love, friendship, romance and sexuality.

Yes, Canada, is part of the Commonwealth of Nations, a voluntary association of former British colonies that recognizes the British monarch as the Head of the Commonwealth, although the position is entirely symbolic.


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