I almost spit out my coffee this morning as I scrolled through Facebook and stumbled upon an article by the New York Post with the title: ‘Science Says Liberals, Not Conservatives, are Psychotic.’
I must have missed the memo about church this morning because, hallelujah, we are preaching now!
The NY Post reports that according to The American Journal of Political Science, liberal political beliefs are in fact linked to psychoticism. Who would have thunk it?
The only thing that makes this even better, is that the study was released as an update to an original erred study they released, which stated that Conservatives were psycho….boy did they eat some serious crow with this one.
The correction read, “The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed,” it continued, “The descriptive analyses report that those higher in Eysenck’s psychoticism are more conservative, but they are actually more liberal; and where the original manuscript reports those higher in neuroticism and social desirability are more liberal, they are, in fact, more conservative.”
In the paper, psychoticism is associated with traits such as tough-mindedness, risk-taking, sensation-seeking, impulsivity and authoritarianism.
The social-desirability scale measures people’s tendency to answer questions in ways they believe would please researchers, even if it means overestimating their positive characteristics and underestimating negative ones.
The erroneous report has been cited 45 times, according to Thomson Reuters Web of Science.
Brad Verhulst, a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher and a co-author of the paper, said he was not sure who was to blame.
“I don’t know where it happened. All I know is it happened,” he told Retraction Watch, a blog that tracks corrections in academic papers. “It’s our fault for not figuring it out before.”
The journal said the error doesn’t change the main conclusions of the paper, which found that “personality traits do not cause people to develop political attitudes.”
University of Southern Denmark’s Professor Steven Ludeke is the one who found the error and pointed it out to the journal. He said that the errors “matter quite a lot,” he continued, “The erroneous results represented some of the larger correlations between personality and politics ever reported; they were reported and interpreted, repeatedly, in the wrong direction.”
Now we have it. Science literally proves that liberalism is a mental disorder.
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