Here is a perfect study in Orwellian Liberal thought.
A professor at Yale set out to prove a politically motivated study and when he doesn’t get the result he was expecting he blows it off because his Orwellian trained mind can’t handle the actual truth so it recedes into the Thought Police darkness.
The grades are back, and the professor was shocked to learn that the “smart” kids aren’t nearly so smart as the ones he had pegged as imbeciles.
It doesn’t happen too often that a dyed-in-the-wool liberal has the tenacity, skills or attention span to actually question his own assumptions and admit that they’re wrong.
But that’s what happened in the case of Yale psychology professor Dan Kahan, who conducted a survey of political affiliations and scientific literacy.
Kahan found that not only are members of the Tea Party knowledgeable about things scientific, but they are more scientifically literate than most of the population.
What makes Kahan’s research most noteworthy, however, is the rare honesty with which he discusses his findings.
“I’ve got to confess, though, I found this result surprising,” Kahan said. “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.”
Kahan’s comments also support the notion many Tea Partiers hold that liberals base their opinions mostly on what the liberal media tell them.
“But then again, I don’t know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party,” Kahan admitted. “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.”
Since he’s a liberal, and very racially sensitive, I wonder if he has any “white” friends?
Maybe they are just “in the closet” and afraid to come out because of the social stigma and ridicule that would be heaped on them. That arrogant stench of disapproval…:)
Of course not, that was not the aim of the piece anyways. It was had a biased premise. He was surprised by a result he can’t accept to begin with because his ideology can’t accept it. So like any good scientist her marginalizes, rationalizes it away and moves on. His view of how the universe works and his superiority in it must remain intact.
The universe revolves around his earth, after all. 🙂
Kahan might have saved himself some time if he had referred to a 2010 study, published in the New York Times that found Tea Party members were smarter and wealthier than the average.
If liberals like Kahan ever bothered to attend a Tea Party event, they would find that Tea Party members are bright, engaged people who are concerned about this country’s future based on their detailed knowledge of history, economics and politics. So it’s no surprise Tea Partiers ace science tests as well.
Still, you can lead a liberal to facts, but you can’t make him think.
Kahan, in his original posting talking about his findings, turns right around and dismisses his figures as “trivially small,” and he rushes to reassure his liberal readers, “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.”
Maybe Kahan will continue to be honest and explain what part of lower taxes, constitutionally limited government and free markets — specifically — he finds morally repugnant. (politicaloutcast.com)
Commentor patriotusa2: Professor or not, I find his assumptions about tea partiers to be ridiculous. Tea party is just a name for a conservative group of people, just as those with his political leanings are called liberals. What he actually believed was that people who didn’t adhere to his political way of thinking, had to be dumb, uninformed and a lot of other negatives. Professor Kahan should get a very low grade for his stupid assumptions which amount to nothing more than arrogance and a lack of common sense.
As I have said many time before because the examples are too numerous to mention, a hardcore liberal is so arrogant and so much a mindless Orwellian zombie (and childish to boot) that of course anyone who disagrees with must be a moron. Their universe simply doesn’t work any other way.
They are Homo Superior and you’re a dirty, little Neanderthal to them for daring to question the superiority of your Masters.
And he’s a YALE Professor you dirty little gutter snipe!
That’s how they think. And out ‘esteemed’ Ivy League Professor shows it goes from the top to the bottom of liberalism.
There was brief light of enlightenment and he ran away from the light and back into the comfort of The Ministry of Truth darkness and wallowed in it.
A follow up article: “But despite all this, many many many tea-party partisans succumbed to politically biased reasoning in their assessment of the evidence in my post.”
But I bet he doesn’t examine HIS OWN biases now does he… 🙂
After all, he’s from the Yale Law Professor so he has to be smarter than us rubes!! 🙂
Commentor on 2nd Article, chastising the author for not explaining himself better (sound rather Obama like- if he just explained it better the morons would understand how superior they are): “Whereas you and I know that with motivated reasoning, you’d find it immoral whatever they said.”
So you (liberal) and I (liberal) know that with reasoning applied that we will always find them immoral that doesn’t bias the studies at all!! 🙂
After all, I’m always right so no need to examine mine own biases and assumptions about myself.
That’s what we have today in Liberal Zombie Land.