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Let's play data jeopardy again! (lecture slides)

Gave a talk yesterday at the Center for Study of Public Choice at George Mason University. The audience there was great--filled with critical insights & contructive suggestions.

I again used the "data jeopardy" format, in which I present the data "answer" first & then invite the audience to guess the "question" that motivated the collection of the data.

So, slides are here; what's the question?

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Final on Dan's slides: including books by either Chris Mooney or Cass Sunstein as somehow explanatory of the right wing's scientific views can only be meant humorously.

In lecture, I suggest (1) that evidence does not support Sunstein's "bounded rationality" explanation for cultural cognition & (2) that the JDM study models how motivated reasoning can determine reaction to Mooney's book.

But for record: I like Sunstein's work--he is a very skilled at systematizing empirical studies & formulating plausible inferences from them. I also think Mooney's book is informative and interesting & that reading it can enlarge one's knowledge of state of the literature. If Mooney's book is "wrong," it's not b/c Mooney misinterpreted anything but rather because the studies that he is drawing inferences from are themselves flawed.

February 18, 2018 | Registered CommenterDan Kahan

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