Bruce G. Charlton, Professor of Theoretical Medicine at the University of Buckingham and Editor in Chief of Medical Hypotheses, may have an explanation. In his editorial (link is external) in the December 2009 issue of Medical Hypotheses, Charlton suggests that liberals and other intelligent people may be “clever sillies,” who incorrectly apply abstract logical reasoning to social and interpersonal domains….
It’s nice to see his work mentioned mainstream.
I keep thinking he’s one of ours as if he isn’t known.
Social metaphor: Liberals see everything NOT/Them, logically (¬liberal) as a nail and their solution is the hammer. Hammer for more public money, for more tax, for banning things and bleeding hearts. It’s like they’re all tuned into the same radio. It’s a form of maladaptive problem solving pertaining to confirmation bias and circular reasoning.
I happen to know sampling bias and self-report bias are also HUGE issues on these matters (the N of self-identifying liberals far exceeds conservatives), rarely corrected for because they need that sweet p-value.
“Which brings us to an unpleasant possibility. “You may not want to hear this,” says cognitive scientist David Geary of the University of Missouri, “but I think the best explanation for the decline in our brain size is the idiocracy theory.” Geary is referring to the eponymous 2006 film by Mike Judge about an ordinary guy who becomes involved in a hibernation experiment at the dawn of the 21st century. When he wakes up 500 years later, he is easily the smartest person on the dumbed-down planet. “I think something a little bit like that happened to us,” Geary says. In other words, idiocracy is where we are now.”