27 November 2013

Are Academics Narrow Minded?

Consider:
“Okay. So just so you know, this is a university professor that is surprised because we’re all [supposed to be ] rubes. We’re all idiots. We’re all stupid,” Glenn said. “We’ve never read a book before in our life and we certainly would much rather look for miracles that have nothing to do with the miracle of science. We just believe that only our magic sky god can do anything. And medicine should all be chased out because it’s witchcraft.”
But then, there was this revelation moment from a Yale professor:
. . . 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, 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. 
What was it the Yale professor was embarrassed about?
Dan Kahn, a professor of law at Yale Law School, recently released data on the relationship between “science comprehension” and political outlooks. And, much to Kahn’s surprise, the data found a strong correlation between science comprehension and self-identified TEA Party members.
Notice that the Professor confessed that he essentially lives in an intellectual bubble - something academics often accuse those on the right of. He confesses he does not expose his mind to diverse opinions and points of view. As I've said many, many times - they're simply projecting when making these accusations of those on the right. It is rather entertaining to watch these folks have head on collisions with reality.

There are good reasons for the studies conclusion. Fundamentally, modern liberalism is based on emotion and looking inward while conservatism is based on logic and reason and looking outward. There's much more to the differences, but these are some of the primary differences.

More here.

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