It is a general indictment of our current system of academia that I can’t decide which of these passages will offend said academics more. First, this observation:
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.
(Um. No, it’s not actually shocking*.) Anyway, here’s Professor Kahan’s reaction:
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.
[snip of frank admission of epistemic closure]
I’m a little embarrassed, but mainly I’m just glad that I no longer hold this particular mistaken view.
Professor Kahan goes on to hastily establish his bona fides as a True Believer Orthodox Liberal Tea Party-Hater, but I suspect that the damage to his reputation among his particular sect has been done.
Only people far down the left-wing rabbit hole will find this surprising http://t.co/tLORcZpxmp
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) October 17, 2013
PS: There be a certain amount of trollin’ on my part with this post, to be sure. After all, as the sage put it once there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. But it’s good for people to go Huh. Maybe I got that one wrong?, when appropriate.
*Generally speaking, it is not remarkably unusual to find out that a group of people notorious for having actually read the Federalist Papers might in fact be better-educated in other fields of study, too.