In October, Yale Law professor Dan M. Kahan was doing a study on what the relationship might be between someone’s political outlook and their science comprehension skills. The answer: Identifying with the tea party correlates positively with scores on a test that measures science comprehension.
Interesting, right? Well, sort of, because the story behind the story is even better. The professor’s reaction to his own findings are priceless:
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.
But then again, I don’t know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party.All my impressions come from watching cable tv — & I don’t watch Fox News very often — and reading the “paper” (New York Times daily…
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