"Recent advances in cognitive science reveal clear evidence there is a biological basis for bigotry. For a democracy, in which everyone gets to vote, this is really a serious issue we must address. Our world is undergoing rapid changes that demand flexible strategies, not hide bound rigidity. Consequently, conservative religious bigots are a problem because they refuse to compromise and negotiate; they shrink in terror at the thought of bold new ideas. Were they open to honest and honorable free inquiry there would not be a problem and our issues would be more amenable to democratic debate and resolution. We can clearly see this is not the case. Neuroscience may be opening the door to ways of dealing with bigotry."