The media are reporting the findings of a study, by scientists at University College London, that suggests people of right-wing views, relative to other people, have a larger area of the brain associated with emotion and fear. It’s based on a small sample, but the results are not that surprising. People who are instinctively conservative, wary of change and recognise the fragility of society, tend to support right-wing parties. I am, though, somewhat concerned at the finding that the same people had a smaller area of the brain associated with courage and looking on the bright side of life. I wonder if I ought to complain, but I’m not sure I have the courage. Oh well, that’s life.