"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Monday, March 20, 2006
Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative.
At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from the Berkeley area that social scientists have been tracking for the last 20 years. The confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grew up to be liberals.
Of course, these sorts of statistical exercises in the social sciences are arguably of limited value. One may legitimately question the validity of such a study. Still, here's another data point for you to consider (emphasis supplied):
The study from the Journal of Research Into Personality isn't going to make the UC Berkeley professor who published it any friends on the right. Similar conclusions a few years ago from another academic saw him excoriated on right-wing blogs, and even led to a Congressional investigation into his research funding.
"Teacher, that man is saying mean things about us! Waaaaaah!"