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Lazy Wednesday

Actually I am little busy the next couple of days, I’ll try to squeeze in some more pseudo-profundity later.

But for now, some links to consider

Check out Neil’s post on how Obama is showing us, No, He Can’t.

Per Matt Longley is an article on how conservatives are dumber than liberals.  Besides the fact that Longley is a punk, any thoughts on the merits of this?

I got me a Kindle and reading this book, God’s Name in Vain: The Rights and Wrongs of Religion in Politics. If crazy fundo Christians piss you off read it. If liberals who don’t understand the separation of church and state piss you off, read it.

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  1. Jennings
    March 3, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Aha, yes, Longley has solved the world’s problems! Correlation coefficients show conservatives are dumb!!!! We finally have definitive evidence that liberals are smart, conservatives are dumb, and those who put any stock in correlation coefficients as relevant research are the stupidest of all! Awesome!!!!!!!!

  2. Dan
    March 4, 2010 at 1:01 am

    This sounds like a book i’d like. i’l have to check it out, thanks! 🙂

  3. Dan
    March 4, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Oh yeah, in regards to your article. I think the study is stupid. haha.

    One (and this is a direct quote):

    The study takes the American view of liberal vs. conservative. It defines “liberal” in terms of concern for genetically nonrelated people and support for private resources that help those people. It does not look at other factors that play into American political beliefs, such as abortion, gun control and gay rights.

    That is a very flawed definition of liberal I think. The majority of Christians could then be defined as liberals then because they support missions, community outreach, etc… Which then goes against their atheism claim. Which makes me wonder how they phrased the question about liberalism when interviewing.

    Two, the numbers dont add up:

    “The study looked at a large sample from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), which began with adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-95 school year. The participants were interviewed as 18- to 28-year-olds from 2001 to 2002.”

    Grades 7-12 = 6 years difference. Participants interviewed as 18-28 year olds (10 year difference) from 2001 to 2002 (1 year difference)?

    And finally, statistics is meaningless. With enough sleight of hand, you can prove whatever you feel like proving with statistics 😛

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