Skip to comments.Yale Professor 'Embarrassed' to Discover Tea Party Members are Scientifically Literate
Posted on 10/17/2013 12:41:22 PM PDT by Red Steel
You know that line liberals love to lob at the Tea Party: you're stupid. Well, obviously that's not the case, nor has it ever been true. Now, a Yale professor has released some new research showing that the so-called "Tea Party radicals" are actually scientifically literate.
Professor Dan M. Kahan of the psychology department at Yale says he was surprised to discover a positive correlation between science comprehension and members of the Tea Party:
"Identifying with the Tea Party correlates positively (r = 0.05, p = 0.05) with scores on the science comprehension measure."
"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."
"But then again, I don't know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party. All my impressions come from watching cable tv -- & I don't 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)."
"I'm a little embarrassed, but mainly I'm just glad that I no longer hold this particular mistaken view."
"Of course, I still subscribe to my various political and moral assessments--all very negative-- of what I understand the "Tea Party movement" to stand for. I just no longer assume that the people who happen to hold those values are less likely than people who share my political outlooks to have acquired the sorts of knowledge and dispositions that a decent science comprehension scale measures."
Well, perhaps some of those previous opinions could've been dispelled earlier when the New York Times wrote in 2010 that Tea Partiers are more educated - and financially better off - than the rest of the public.
Does this still mean the Earth’s core is millions of degrees ?
Then, you're a complete & utter idiot who shouldn't be allowed to teach my dog tricks, let alone college.
Somebody needs to pack this report off to John McQueeg right away....
Negative? According to whom?
Is psychology science?
You mean “Bottom of his Class” McCain?
I wonder if the professor would like to do a study on how Economically literate we are. Perhaps he'd be surprised all over again.
Those who can’t, teach; those who really can’t, teach college. Sad that these institutions of higher learning have turned into one of the biggest scams on the planet.
Nothing like not learning from your previous mistake about the Tea Party and committing it again, eh Doc?
Welcome to the club, Professor Kahan. Here comes your audit.
That’s the right question, though I use
“by what standard”, just so they have to admit that the standard is arbitrary or simply a consensus that is not objective.
Any objective standard would never change, because right would be right and wrong would be wrong, regardless of what the calendar said.
Yeah. “Shouldn’t have been allowed to drive a Radio wagon, let alone a fighter jet” McQueeg. That one.
Agreed. And liberals only form opinions based on feeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings.
Imagine how much better the world would be if there were no tenure.
” the Earths core is millions of degrees ?”
millions? Whew! For a moment I thought you wrote billions!
Now he needs to do a correlation analyse on his beliefs and liberal media he is listening to.
Every Tea Party favorable person I know are generally licensed engineers, registered architects, or industrial salaried scientists.
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