Who would have guessed that a study conforming to every liberal media narrative about conservatives would turn out to be complete and utter garbage?
It turns out that the study, titled “Correlation not Causation: The Relationship between Personality Traits and Political Ideologies” got it’s conclusions switched, meaning what it determined to be personality traits of conservatives were actually the personality traits of liberals. …
The authors set out believing conservatives were authoritarian and they “proved” they were right. The study further found that liberals were more likely to be neurotic and get along with other people. …
But hold on there, because it turns out the researchers completely mixed up their conclusions. “The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed,” the researchers wrote in the January 2016 copy of the American Journal of Political Science – four years after the study was published there.
“Specifically, in the original manuscript, 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.”
The researchers tried to downplay the significance of this error by arguing it didn’t matter what the conclusions were, they were only interested in the “magnitude of the relationship and the source of it.”
The political Left is abusing science in many ways at the moment. They are able to do so because of their dominance at universities, and because most research money is allocated by leftist bureaucrats. Leftists and showmen thrive in modern research, because they get the grants. Rightists and truth seekers often get nowhere and leave. Global warming is the standout example.
Our society might be better off if governments got out of funding science directly, and left it to private industry and patrons to fund research — because they are vitally interested in the outcomes, which tends to reduce corruption and increase effectiveness.