October 28, 2010

Yes, Liberals Were Just Born that Way

Researchers find "liberal gene".

BTW -- In one of my lives I am a political scientist. And actually knowing something about these kinds of studies I'm pretty sure they are mostly bogus. Sure, they have "statistically significant findings" which sounds nice to amateurs. But the power of their independent variables are pretty low. Meaning that if genetics does play a role, it's a very minor one.

What's even worse is the theory behind the already weak power of the statistics. Since they only look at social factors when operationalizing "liberal" and "conservative", they miss the economic elephant in the room: liberals are far more risk averse than conservatives in their economic lives. Which seems to me like kind of a big deal.

Thanks to Gork the dork.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:26 PM | Comments |