François Chollet+ Your Authors @fchollet Deep learning @google. Creator of Keras, neural networks library. Author of 'Deep Learning with Python'. Opinions are my own. Aug. 14, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

Whenever I read anything by someone on the far right, the first thing that strikes me is this: emotions seem to be at the center of everything. Facts? Secondary, if mentioned at all, and adjustable as necessary. History? Ignored. Other people? An inconvenience to be shoved aside.

So -- deep-seated emotions are the single source of truth of every argument.

The next thing that strikes me is how negative these emotions are: insecurity, fear, self-pity, anxiety, anger, jealousy, hatred. No much in the way of positive emotions like hope or empathy for others

Which makes me wonder: how much of the current political divide could actually be explained by widespread mental health issues -- a depression epidemic and anxiety epidemic?

Surely there must be studies about this?

I genuinely cannot imagine a happy, well-adjusted person with a positive vision for the future turning to the far right. Perhaps there are counter examples, though?

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