While there continues to be forecast disagreements about actual temperature increases, and even still debate over to what extent human caused warming is involved, it seems likely that we’re looking at a temperature increase over the next century. There’s a good chance it’ll be in the 3-4 degrees range.

In all the talk you’ve heard about global warming in the last couple decades, though, here’s one you might not have heard. There’s a good chance it will contribute to an expansive increase in conservative values around the world. If you’re wondering how that can be, you should check out my most recent episode of The Biological Realist Podcast.

Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico, Randy Thornhill, joins the show to discuss parasite-stress theory. It turns out that an enormous amount of what people think and do is influenced by how susceptible they feel they are to disease. This is a result of what researchers have come to call the Behavioral Immune System. Higher parasite threat creates more conservative behavior. Everything from language use, to mating strategies, to ideologies and political institutions are affected.

And, parasites and disease prefer warmer temperatures. So, you can connect the dots. This is a great talk with Dr. Thornhill. Check it out and let me know what you think.

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