“Yale Professor ‘Embarrassed’ to Discover Tea Party Members are Scientifically Literate”
And why is he “embarrassed”? Because it turns out he’d formed his beliefs about the acumen of those who identify as TEA Partiers — he had expected them to be slightly dumb and not terribly scientifically inclined (and I’d add, probably RACIST!) — from reading the New York Times, or Politico, or the Huffington Post. Which, that’s not terribly scientific now, is it?
To his credit, however, the professor, Dan Kahan, has adjusted his world view concerning the intellect of those who identify with liberty, individual autonomy, and a desire to live free and unmolested by the whims of politicians and their bureaucratic social engineers who, as it happens, aren’t as scientifically inclined as are they.
Which is to say, by following the data and drawing conclusions from it, Professor Kahan has actually engaged in scientific inquiry of the kind that doesn’t coalesce near exclusively around some phony and largely biased “consensus” model. Or, if you prefer, from junk science.
Meaning perhaps he has more in common with the TEA Party then he ever believed, despite his evident disdain for what it is we stand for.
(h/t Mark Levin)