Thursday, October 17, 2013

That Sound You Hear?

Why, that's the sound of an ivory tower egghead's head exploding as the paradigm shifts without a clutch! Dave H. sends in this story that should come as a surprise to no one that reads MArooned...

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.


Dave H said...

(Credit where credit is due - Larry Correia retweeted the link and I picked it up there.)

You do realize what this means, right? Now they're going to have to change the algorithm they use to measure science literacy.

Opinionated Grump (Rich in NC) said...

you mean that was a Sarah Palin Impersonator?
Huh... Whoda thunkit?
Rich in NC

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Ancient Woodsman said...

Not surprising at all.

Most of the folks that I know that are right-wingish have a science background (A.S., B.S., or higher).

Most of the lefties that I know are folks with a LA background (A.A., B.A., etc.)

Bear in mind these are only the folks that I actually know and - I'll admit - am related to some of them. Still in my little sample it never failed to amaze me how someone without any real scientific background would screech at me that I was a troglodyte and ignoring the "science is settled!!!11!!" arguments that they themselves did not have the background enough to examine in an objective manner.

I love stuff like this. Thanks for sharing.

Ed said...

Unfortunately, with politics lately, it appears that people are more interested in what you feel than what you know. Perhaps it was reinforced with Goldwater's campaign slogan "In your heart, you know he's right".


DaddyBear said...

I prefer the term "Green Eyed Devil" myself.

I'm not surprised by this. A lot of the tech and engineering people I work with tend to lean either Republican or libertarian.