Skip to comments.Those Darn Facts: Liberal professor shocked to discover Tea Party smarter than average.
Posted on 10/17/2013 5:33:57 AM PDT by Beave Meister
Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School was curious about the relationship between science comprehension and political outlooks. His findings shocked him: tea party supporters are actually more scientifically literate than the non-tea party population
Ive got to confess, though, I found this result surprising. As I pushed the button to run the analysis on my computer, I fully expected Id be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension.
But then again, I dont know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party. All my impressions come from watching cable tv & I dont watch Fox News very often and reading the paper (New York Times daily, plus a variety of politics-focused internet sites like Huffington Post & Politico).
Im a little embarrassed, but mainly Im just glad that I no longer hold this particular mistaken view.
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And at least 1/2 of the Tea Party members I’ve met are war vets. From WW11 to Iraq.
They fought and put their lives on the line so that Professor Doucebag Weenie could have a cushy college gig and be a stupid ass day in and day but be confused with someone who’s intelligent.
I suggest that he study the science comprehension of EBT users, Medicaid users, people who vote for DWS, etc.
Good for him. A little humility goes a long way.
Very few of these people would even make it to Mensa.
I know very few who wouldn’t.
(may have been a different Republican victory)
Amazes me how susceptible to propaganda the presumptive “knowledge” class has become. They have no intellectual curiosity what so ever, at least towards politics. They are like children. The MSM manipulates and distorts, and academia laps it up..
Sounds like that woman who didn't know anyone who voted for Nixon.
Guess the dude's a bit to insulated to make a fair judgement of reality.
This tea partier has had the science channel on all morning. This morning I watched a show about the science behind the engineering of the Eiffel Tower. Last night it was shows about space physics and gravity.
That sort of thing interests me.
That's because you've convinced yourself, ie, drank the koolaid, that liberals are inherently smarter because... because they're liberals.
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Not to worry, professor; only a matter of days before your colleagues apply Global Warming statistical methodology to prove Tea Partiers are dumber than a bag of hammers.
I doubt his reading habits will change after noting the source of his ‘confusion’ (NY Times, Politico, Huffington...non-Fox). Call me impressed when we starting thinking about 2nd A, ‘global warming’, ‘the poor’, etc. objectively.
This board never fails to make me laugh.
I may think that progs are evil, but I'd never accuse them of being ignorant fools. Their serfs in the Free Sh*t Army are as ignorant as the day is long, but the progs themselves are not.
Indeed. The left's "mascot" base is something they really should be proud of.
Science and history are my favorites balanced with diversions like sports and a handful of dramas on TV.
Tea Partier here who designs and builds bids his own telescopes. How about you, professor?
The professor studies statistics that validate his own distorted worldview.
Welcome to the real world, professor. Your little social theories may sound wonderful but step outside of the conference room once in a while.
Simply the number of Tea Partiers who home school should suggest they will be better informed and educated than the average person.
“But then again, I dont know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party.”
No, nitwit, because you spend all your time with other extreme leftist profs who are as intellectually close-minded as you are.
There is -0- diversity of thought in universities, as this one anecdote demonstrates.
These kinds of data sets are way too easy to misinterpret or over-interpret, IMHO.
Homeschooling evangelicals have 2 to 5 times the number of children that liberals do, keep them out of the indoctrination centers, and those children are 14 times more likely to be politically active than the average population.
What is important, in the grand scheme of things, is religion and virtue, and I can guarantee you that Tea Partiers are far ahead of the Marxists and libertines, in this category.
They are racist, sexist, classist etc. and enjoy hanging around the weak willed so they can prattle on about how lucky everyone is that he/she is there to guide them.
"I just can't understand how Nixon won like that (i.e. in a 49-state landslide). I don't know a single person who voted for him."
Thus proving for all time that Upper Eastsiders live in an impenetrable bubble.
Very few of these people would even make it to Mensa.”
Was invited to participate in a bridge tournament with a group of people who are members of Mensa. Talk about a joke. If these people are the ones you must emulate to be considered “intelligent”, I think I’ll pass and just stick with my TEA Party friends and associates.
Can the good professor explain why, after years of spending trillions of dollars on poverty and education, we don't have millions of Rockefellers and Einsteins? I challenge the professor on any claim to higher moral ground as well.
Lol. Yep. There’s a remarkable number of stupid, “intelligent” people.
But this lot mostly don’t even make it there, I think.
I did challenge a lib a while back on the effects of liberal policy.
She was getting all morally superior about helping the poor, etc.
I asked her what she thought of the fact that all that “help” has succeeded in totally destroying the black family structure.
You would have thought I’d physically slapped her from her reaction. In a way, I did - I kicked the legs out from under her tenuous grasp on righteousness.
If you followed the discussion these luminaries had, it quickly boiled down to how to cook the data so they would read differently.
These are just apes.
“All my impressions come from watching cable tv”
That should be an indictment on cable news.
Mensa says my I.Q. is "160-plus," and I'd be willing to bet that fewer than one "professor" out of every thousand even approaches that uniquely rarefied atmosphere.
How many professors do you know who were ever provable geniuses?
I thought so.
That's about the effect of shaking them to reality. For all their moral superiority, they sure have made things much better./s
This survey is a keeper.
Maybe if the professor and his colleagues stopped treating Tea Party members as demons, he’d get to know a few of them.
That was it! Thanks!
It is true. People who are directly connected through prayer, meditation and openness to the Holy Spirit are channels for a higher level of intelligence -- a spring of "living water". On its way through the mind of the faithful to inspire God's purposes, some of the Divine Mind rubs off.
The puzzling part of this is he admitted he made a judgment about the intelligence of Tea Party people from the media- yet he does not seem to be aware that the disturbing things he still believes about the Tea Party also came from the media.
This reminds me of a dreck of a study published a few years ago called “conservatism as motivated social cognition” by Kruglanski, et. al.
Except that this prof’s at least dimly aware of his own biases.
I have invited intelligent liberals with more degrees than a thermometer to meeting, and they won't go. One noted he might if no one in his social circles didn't find out.
Cowards, one and all....
They would have to challenge their epistemological basis when they find everyone in the room has as many degree's, kids, wealth etc and they have more in common than they ever flippin' believed....
The hostess for this group had a doctorate degree in something or other and introduced herself as Dr. Lang. Guess her parent’s didn’t give her a first name. She had two cats, one draped across the top of the door frame and another one on the fireplace hearth. I have cats but I have never seen anything like hers. After a couple of hours I remarked how well behaved they were because they hadn’t so much as twitched their tail the entire evening. Everyone in the room laughed. She had had them stuffed after they died so they would be with her forever. Just bizarre.
BTW, someone quoted to me yesterday Lenin’s dictum that “Give us a child for 8 years and we’ll have him for life.” Didn’t seem to work out with the USSR, which had those commie kids a helluva lot longer than eight years.
Actually it did work out, but the system came to its inevitable implosion.
The US is following the path, but a fair bit to go before the implosion....
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