What’s wrong with social psychology, in a nutshell
|July 20, 2018||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, Psychology, Science|
From Ben Shapiro at Daily Wire:
You’ve undoubtedly seen those preening headlines from major outlets about how conservatives are more “authoritarian” by nature than Leftists. See, for example, here and here and here and here and here and here. But it turns out that this is nonsense. Such studies are generally vague and deliberately constructed to make it appear that conservatives are more “authoritarian” than Leftists. In reality, authoritarian personality types exist across the political spectrum. All you have to do is change the incentive structure in the questions, and you’ll suddenly find Leftists who hate freedom and conservatives who love it.
Confirmation bias has allowed too many members of the Left to ignore embarrassing scientific reversals like this one from 2016, when a study suggesting that conservatives were psychotic was actually recalibrated to show the reverse. More.
The principal question is and what to do about the fact that social psychology is — with a straight face — thought of as a science. In the meantime, we can afford a cackle or two at the people who wonder earnestly why the public does not trust science.
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