Thursday, January 26, 2012

More bad news for conservatives

Turns out that a quality, objective research project has shown that ignorant people and conservatives tend to be more prejudiced.  There's a shock.  Of course one can't help but wonder, does this include prejudice against religion?  Against religious people?  Against Americans?  Against whites?  What about scientists and scholars of yesteryear who promoted racism against Blacks, Jews, Homosexuals, Women?  Were they all by default conservative and/or ignorant? This is the sort of thing that makes me wonder just why we take such obviously agenda driven and biased propaganda in research drab seriously.  Well, because every now and then someone gets it right, that's why.  But boy do we have to plow through the fertilizer to find it.

FWIW, if you read the story, you'll notice that, as usual, the headline says more than the story.  You'll discover that the researcher himself, one Brian Nosek of the University of Virginia, is far more subdued about what the results indicate than the headline suggests.  You'll also find the obligatory qualifier, buried down toward the end of the story, suggesting that the entire project is baseless and proves nothing at all (though even there, the rebuttal was careful to avoid suggesting that conservatives and/or ignorant people aren't obviously more inclined to be prejudiced). 

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