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Go deeper than tea party stereotype
Aberdeen American News ^ | October 24, 2013 | Art Marmorstein

Posted on 10/25/2013 1:39:58 PM PDT by ancientart

Last week, professor of law and psychology Dan Kahan added a couple of fascinating posts to the Yale law school Cultural Cognition Project blog. Kahan’s work focuses on the correlation between science comprehension ability and factors like educational attainment, religious conviction and political ideology.

Kahan recently noted that his latest study showed that, to his surprise, those who affiliate with the tea party movement tend to be slightly better than average at science reasoning. But then came the fascinating part of the post: Kahan's comment that he didn’t know a single person who identified with the tea party and his admission that his opinion of tea partiers came entirely from sources like the New York Times, Politico, the Huffington Post and cable television (though not Fox News).

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: dankahan; kahan; stereotype; teaparty; yale

1 posted on 10/25/2013 1:39:59 PM PDT by ancientart
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To: ancientart

After the IRS scandal and the blatant politicization of the National Park Service, I don’t understand why everyone hasn’t joined the TEA Party.


2 posted on 10/25/2013 1:47:59 PM PDT by bagman
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To: ancientart

Well, now professor Kahan will also be demonized so that no one will ever again admit that we might have brains.


3 posted on 10/25/2013 2:10:12 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: ancientart
...and his admission that his opinion of tea partiers came entirely from sources like the New York Times, Politico, the Huffington Post...

So his opinion of tea partiers comes entirely from those desperate to slander them to the point that using a tea party source immediately invalidates the information.

That's quite an admission.

4 posted on 10/25/2013 2:17:06 PM PDT by papertyger ("refusing to draw an inescapable conclusion does not qualify as a 'difference of opinion.'")
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To: ancientart

I suppose this happens when your life is limited to the professional (cough) and social circles of Yale. I run into Ivy League types because of business, and I know they do not get my politics. I also don’t get their politics or the reason why they would dump so much money into going to an Ivy League school, to be in debt, and only marginally make more money than a non-Ivy League grad. They get jobs with other Ivy Leaguers and live in a warped reality that completely ignores the essence of what it is to be American.


5 posted on 10/25/2013 2:49:15 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - shall not be questioned)
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To: papertyger

Yes, it is quite an admission. But better is Kahan’s later thanks to some of the tea party advocates who corresponded with him and helped break the stereotype:

“I ‘know’ you now — or know something about you that is of critical importance and that is being hidden from me by myriad pernicious influences, all of which are enemies of enlightened self-government.”


6 posted on 10/25/2013 3:09:12 PM PDT by ancientart
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To: ancientart
Kahan recently noted that his latest study showed that, to his surprise, those who affiliate with the tea party movement tend to be slightly better than average at science reasoning.

FU2, Professor.

7 posted on 10/25/2013 3:25:14 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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Relax, Impy.

All the guy had ever heard was that we were a bunch of halfwit crackers with an IQ lower than room temperature (because the people telling him that had to get a number to feed him lower than their IQ).

At least he admits the data exist, and that his other "enlightened" sources are wrong.

That's a start. Don't run him off for seeing the light...

8 posted on 10/25/2013 11:16:53 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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