Yale Professor's Surprising Discovery: Tea Party Supporters More Scientifically Literate
Yale Law professor Dan M. Kahan was conducting an analysis of the scientific comprehension of various political groups when he ran into a shocking discovery: tea party supporters are slightly more scientifically literate than the non-tea party population.This isn't the surprising part. What's surprising was the professor's admission:
I’ve got to confess, though, I found this result surprising. As I pushed the button to run the analysis on my computer, I fully expected I’d be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension.So he expected the Tea Party group to score lower and found the opposite to be true. The true surprise here is that he admitted this and still published this finding. I mean, this is Yale, we're talking about, Skull & Bones, that sort of thing - the bluest of the blue bloods. They're admitting that the Tea Party really *isn't* a bunch of slack-jawed Cletuses (Cleti? Cletae?) with banjos and married to their sisters.
It's like finding out that Sarah Palin really didn't say she could see Russia from her porch...
That is all.