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  •  But is he wrong? (1+ / 0-)
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    I get extremely uncomfortable when we start criticizing empirical research that has no normative component.

    Either Richwine is right, and then we should be thankful for his making this observation, or else he is wrong.  And if he is wrong, then, in principle, we should be able to identify the lacunae in his research.  Either way I don't like unqualified people on the Internet lambasting a scholar--even a politically disagreeable one--because they do not like what he might have found.

    •  If inexpert analysis (0+ / 0-)

      offered by uncredentialed critics annoys you, what in the world are you doing on DKos, and for that matter, the Internet? If you want to counter such, offer your own clear and careful insights. It's really all you can effectively do. Complaining about the massively prevailing ambience just seems sort of...self-indulgent.

      My advice? Relax, and take quick and satisfying pot shots like the rest of us.

      •  I guess I hope . . . (0+ / 0-)

        . . . that people still start being a little more critical and thoughtful.  I certainly agree with you about how the Internet is.

        It's not fair to take potshots at Harvard professors because they happened to supervise a dissertation whose results may not be consonant with how we wish the world is.  It is not fair because we may be getting up in arms about something even thought it is true, and it is not fair because, modulo 99% of the people on dKos (and the Internet), the professors are smart and we are stupid.

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