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ICT eats RAT & CAT for breakfast: More (and more data on) religiosity, political predispositions, and "anti-science"
Okay—astonishingly, I’ve held my fire (bitten a hole straight through my lower lip, which fell off during a poker tournament this weekend, in the process) for over a week on the CAT vs. RAT fight. The answer, in my view, is that both CAT & RAT are barking up the wrong tree! Neither conservative ideology nor religiosity has been shown to predict a greater anti-science disposition than the other by the evidence presented. And indeed, that evidence, plus some more, […]
What accounts for public conflict over science--religiosity or political predispositions? Here are some data: you declare the winner in this RAT vs. CAT fight!
Outsourcing my critical reading (i.e., just plain reading!) of this article worked really well. Given the great points that came out in the comments, I don’t think there’s any value added in my offering a full assessment of the paper, which reported the results of a study that analyzed less than ideal data with a poorly specified statistical model from which the authors seemed to draw unsupported inferences. But I do think it might be interesting to explore, at least to a […]
Weekend update: cognitive illiberalism--what is it? & what does it have to do with the Constitution?
Now & again people ask me what I mean by the term "cognitive illiberalism." That's reasonable; I often use that term w/o stopping to spell it out. That's because I & my collaborators have already done so in various places. But of course people join conversations in progress all the time, & their participation is impeded by unfamiliar, specialized terms that those who've been participating for a longer period have constructed to condense information of recurring significance. […]
"Religion, not political predispositions or political elite discourse, generates conflict over science" Seriously?!!!
Okay, I'll get to this but not for a bit. Maybe one or more of our 14 billion readers can read it in meantime and report in comments field? As you can see from the abstract, the basic claim is that neither political predispositions nor the positions of political elites contribute much to conflicts over science relative to the contribuiton that religion makes. I'll admit that I have priors very strongly opposed to this thesis. But I'll do my best not to let those infect my likelihood […]
From correspondence with a friend: You mentioned you were eager to learn what I had in mind for the study of science journalism. I'm sure you can guess what I'd say: you tell me -- & I'll measure! We talked about this philosophy, of course. I think all the professions that traffic in the dissimulation of what's known by science can benefit from the use of science's signature methods to improve their craft. Not b/c those methods furnish a […]
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