Skip to comments.Go deeper than tea party stereotype
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. Kahans 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 didnt 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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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.
Well, now professor Kahan will also be demonized so that no one will ever again admit that we might have brains.
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.
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.
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.
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...