Reading my aggregator in the morning helps me learn all kinds of new things about myself.

For example, take the findings from a new study which indicates that our political leanings may be hard wired into our system rather than something that is easily influenced.

They found that subjects who were more easily startled tended to have political views that would be classified as more right wing, being more in favour of capital punishment and higher defence spending, but opposed to abortion rights.

Those who perceived less danger in a series of images and sounds were more inclined to support liberal policies.

Of course, conservatives will probably tell you that left-wing, elite psychologists are just wasting taxpayer money with research like this. :-)