They wanted to see if the songs created a pro-social or an anti-social response. He said the preliminary findings showed that the patriotic songs had a negative effect on the participants, as shown through their responses to the survey's questions about other cultures and diversity. The patriotic songs made the participants close-minded and prejudiced. "Once they were in a patriotic point of view, they were less empathetic," Alvarado said. "They didn't put themselves in other people's perspective." http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090625115237.htmHow is empathizing with North Korea and Iran working so far?
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Ixnay on that Star Spangled Banner
It seems that academia thinks love of one's country over someone else's is a bad thing. How else to interpret this?