How disgusted are you?

Anyone else listen to The Forum on Radio 4 over the weekend on why we feel disgusted?  

Not surprising to hear that its original purpose was to stop us putting something nasty in our mouths but it's developed and researchers have now found that your level of disgust can actually indicate your political leanings.

Interesting stuff and I have to admit that the political indicator ticked a lot of boxes for me in people I've come across over the years (including my family!)

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Old Greying Accountant's picture

I will have a listen ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... but I think like pain, we have vastly varying degrees of this. Some people I think affect it too and grossly exagerate the reaction.

There is very little we are likely to come accross in the UK that would provoke an extreme gagging reaction, generally something like severe animal abuse cases or possibly where the rotting corpse of a forgotten pensioner is discovered some weeks after their lonely unmarked demise.

As for political leanings, sounds like stating the bleedin obvious!

johnjenkins's picture

Interesting about

johnjenkins | | Permalink

the political leanings as the electorate seem fairly split between Tories and Labour front runners and Lib/Dems and UKIP bringing up the not too distant rear.

Democratus's picture

Two types

Democratus | | Permalink

I suppose there are two types of disgust the intellectual sort and the visceral one. The former doesn't provoke anything more than a type of moral outrage whereas the latter can involve a high degree of physical revulsion.

The evolutionalry imperitive for revulsion/discust is fascinating however, associating colours, textures and smells with possible danger, and this is so primitive that it's very difficult to overcome for many people.

Fortunately in finance, whilst moral outrage can be a daily occurrence, especially with misused apostrophes, revulsion rarely enters into it.

Constantly Confused's picture

Garrrr!

Constantly Confused | | Permalink

Democratus wrote:

 especially with misused apostrophes,

 

See now you've ruined my day as I will be thinking of the horror of misplaced apostrophes...  Actually I started the day on a scaffolding forum (as I had an urge to find the VAT rate on scaffolding) and the grammar on there was unbearable! 

Back to the OP, I once heard that the rancid smell on food is caused by the bacteria creating the smell specifically to make us gip so we don't eat the food and ruin their meal (and possibly their lives).  That is genius!

Amazing what you learn

The Anony Mouse | | Permalink

Constantly Confused wrote:

 I once heard that the rancid smell on food is caused by the bacteria creating the smell specifically to make us gip so we don't eat the food and ruin their meal (and possibly their lives).  That is genius!

 

 

Now I know where my wife learnt to cook.

 

 

Flash Gordon's picture

Politics or newspapers

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

Are you sure it doesn't just depend on your choice of paper - true Daily Mail readers are notoriously disgusted, outraged and generally OTT (as opposed to those of us who sometimes partake for the pleasure of mocking them!)

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