Yale Professor Discovers He Suffers From Refusal To Accept Objective Reality
The media, President Obama and his political operatives, as well as members of both the “establishment” Parties have all been telling lies about the people who identify with the TEA Party movement. It’s possible that we should excuse the layman who doesn’t bother to learn who the TEA Party is or what they believe – especially given that the average person gets their information from one or more of the above named sources. But for those above named sources – sources who know full well who the TEA Party is and what they believe – there is no excuse. They are simply lying to the American people. And now, a Yale professor has discovered he has been lying to himself and what has he concluded? He has decided that it doesn’t change anything; he’s still going to hate the TEA Party.
Here’s the story:
You know that line liberals love to lob at the Tea Party: you’re stupid. Well, obviously that’s not the case, nor has it ever been true. Now, a Yale professor has released some new research showing that the so-called “Tea Party radicals” are actually scientifically literate.
Professor Dan M. Kahan of the psychology department at Yale says he was surprised to discover a positive correlation between science comprehension and members of the Tea Party:
There is a lot to digest in this story. First, notice that the professor admits he went into his study expecting to find what he already “knew” to be true: that the TEA Party was scientifically illiterate (in the professor’s circles, this is a euphemism for mentally inferior). If this were not the case, then why would the professor admit to being “surprised” by his findings? The answer is simple: the professor had a pre-conceived bias even before he started his study. However, there is a bright spot. The professor admitted his findings disagreed with his bias, which does indicate some level of intellectual honesty. But before we grant him too much credit, let’s look first at the results of Professor Kahan’s study:
More specifically, look at the comments at the bottom of the story. You will notice many of them deal with ways the professor could run the study again only with different criteria by which to measure ‘scientific literacy.’ In other words, the commenter’s are suggesting ways to confirm their bias by structuring the study to produce the desired result. Mind you, these are the people who present themselves as ‘scientists.’
In truth, one cannot be a scientist if one first draws a conclusion and then conducts a study. This is the exact opposite of how the scientific method works. A real scientist develops a hypothesis; then constructs a balanced test by which to measure that hypothesis; conducts the test as neutrally and honestly as possible; evaluates the data in like vein; and only then does the real scientist draw a conclusion. And having drawn that conclusion, the true scientist goes in whatever direction the data indicates the truth lays. So, did professor Kahan go in the direction that his data suggested? Well, if we return to the first story, we’ll find the answer is no:
“I’m a little embarrassed, but mainly I’m just glad that I no longer hold this particular mistaken view.”
“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. I just no longer assume that the people who happen to hold those values are less likely than people who share my political outlooks to have acquired the sorts of knowledge and dispositions that a decent science comprehension scale measures.”
In other words, the professor still holds to his previous bias about the TEA Party, even though his study indicates the average TEA Party member is more scientifically literate (i.e. more intelligent) than the non-TEA Party person. Only now the professor thinks of himself as a better person because he no longer thinks of the TEA Party as scientifically ignorant. No, now he thinks of them as scientifically literate but still stupid. It’s too bad the professor didn’t bother to do some simple research on the internet before he started his study. Had he done so, he might have found this:
Tea Party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general public,…
Or he may have found this:
Or he may have found this:
Skew right politically, but have typical profile by age, education, and employment
This is why I say that the people in the media, government and both Parties are deliberately lying about who the TEA Party is and what they want. They know better, they just have to destroy the movement.
Now, one might think that, if you have a movement that is smarter, better educated and informed and more successful than the average American, you wouldn’t dismiss it, you would listen to it. After all, the data would indicate the members of that movement are doing something correctly, so why not try to learn from it. But is this what we are seeing from the establishment? No! And why not? Well, there’s the rub. The truth is this:
The TEA Party represents something the establishment honestly fears: a credible threat to their hold on power from a true grass-roots movement that is not beholden to or controlled by either Party front and which does not respond to any of the established propaganda mills controlled by the establishment.
In other words: the TEA Party represents true Americans looking to take their country back, and the establishment simply cannot deal with the fact that this means they and their ideas have been rejected. Nor can they accept that the people who are demanding the return of their country demonstrate by their success that their ideas are – in fact – superior to those of the establishment’s self-proclaimed elite. It’s that simple, and that’s why this professor refuses to follow the data from his own study. He would rather hold the delusion of his own superiority than accept objective reality. And this is why they have to destroy the movement: because they cannot accept that they are wrong.
The really frightening (and sobering) part here is that this man is a professor at Yale University, and that Yale and Harvard have produced most of the people who now control and run this nation.