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  •  google Templeton Foundation (3+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, irishwitch, mweens

    Yep, the research was funded by the Templeton Foundation, a RW religious thinktank dedicated to promoting RW values and religious morality. Templeton has given large amounts of money to anti-gay causes, etc.

    I'd also point out that this article is actually a press release for a study that will be presented at a conference at some point. No evidence this has undergone peer review in any respectable journal, so the conclusions are a bit suspiscious.

    The statistical method, surveys and cluster analysis, may be valid, however, even that is possibly problematic: how did they select the 3000 families to do the web-based survey, and how did they choose the 101 families for a followup? Did the researchers have an agenda that led them to select certain types of family that fell into pre-conceived categories?

    Even if they were unbiased, the categories look to me like re-definitions of socio-economic categories that others like Pew have identified (I would say they are: conservative, liberal, blue collar, immigrant/minority).

    "I don't cry over milk spilled under bridges. I go make lemonade" - Bucky Katt

    by quill on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 09:44:41 AM PST

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    •  And isn't that just as interesting? (2+ / 0-)
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      Even if they were unbiased, the categories look to me like re-definitions of socio-economic categories that others like Pew have identified (I would say they are: conservative, liberal, blue collar, immigrant/minority).
      I for one am glad that I brought it up for just this reason. If I hadn't done this, who knows if anyone would have been paying attention?

      Maybe it's unbiased, maybe it isn't, but isn't it good that it's being looked at.

      I still think the questions are interesting, and I look forward to seeing the material that this is derived from, just to see.

      •  yeah, it would be interesting to see the study (1+ / 0-)
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        mweens

        I'm particularly interested to know how strong the clustering is (assuming they haven't somehow jiggered the results). Is each category exclusive from the others, or is there some overlap, and if so which catgories overlap more, etc?

        "I don't cry over milk spilled under bridges. I go make lemonade" - Bucky Katt

        by quill on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 10:15:56 AM PST

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