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Political Science
Christopher Cochrane

Week5 Practice in lecture related course: We are going to be discussing regionalism Its based on experience News: Canadian Senates under fire, they are not elected, Senate are appointed by Prime Minister on party lines, they don’t have real practical powers Senators are required to be over 25 years of age, they have to be the resident of the province from which they have to be appointed They are expected to maintain the house in their residence or country 24000 dollars a year Senates earn a lot of money and become wealthy Real Lecture: Regionalism How information affects us? Media had pervasive impact on how people see the world. Media had massive impact on people’s belief about the world and people depend on media for information. Propaganda of media existed in North Korea and America People immune to the influences of media How people react to information? Predisposition We are predisposed to react in different ways to information Idea of personality Think about different types: People have different personality traits (it have different implication to political issues) Open experience Consciousness – organization, know details, how you organize ideas Agreeablness – make people at ease, consider people’s feelings Converse – constraint (know idea by one thing tend to know ideas by many things) Liberal are open minded and conservative are closed minded Different political parties share different personalities Where do these predispositions come from? Our personality evolved as we experienced different things in the world, experienced the social thing Different culture attributed to somebody after they were born Some experience and exposure happening to us after we were born shaped our personality These personality differences do appear to have a parietal component, we inherit traits of parent that has the political components Our identities shape by our genetic environment Identical Twin share 100% of the same genes Non-identical share 25% of the same genes The genetics accounts for the way twins were born and how they were affected Identical twins far more similar to each other than non-identical twin Identical more committed to the same political thing than non-identical ones Intensity of commitment They share genetic inherent predisposition Parents tend to be similar to each other and have certain personality traits We learn from our parents and teachers and what we learn shapes our personality and this knowledge and understanding of the real world shapes the way we think and we become smarter Knowledge become crystallized and shape what and the way we believe We are raised in that particular re
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