Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Sampling bias 

John J. Ray has a couple of cogent remarks on another blog's remark that "when you raise the intellectual bar high, as serious universities do, you get fewer right-wing kooks". Apparently when you riase the bar, you also get insightful analysis of "kookism". Ray also points out that the Left has odd logic:
He is probably in fact arguing that because Americans have moved to the Right in recent years (itself a proposition in need of proof) THEREFORE the universities cannot have been preaching Leftism. The unstated but highly amusing premise in that being that all preaching must be influential! That other influences (9/11 anyone?) might more than cancel out any influence from Leftist preaching is just not allowed for in that particular parody of logic!