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Mooney’s Folly (in two steps)

Just read the “Conclusions” of Mooney’s book on Amazon. He has obviously gone way out of his competency and freely speaks of things he can’t possibly understand. As far as I am concerned, anybody who believes it possible to measure Liberals and Conservatives has an infantilistic view of “measure” and of “politics”.

Think about it…there are decades of studies about the meaning of “political spectrum” and everybody agrees even the usage of two axes isn’t really good enough. There comes Mooney though, and we’re back to a single axis, left and right, and we should throw all that previous work away? Unlikely.

The pages about “conservatism and the amygdala” will surely be read in the future, in comedy sketches though, like we read today about the scientist who couldn’t believe the flight abilities of the bumblebee.

Anyway, the icing on the cake is the fact that the Conclusions aren’t that idiotic really, and Mooney says he now admires “conservatives”, and goes as far as to recommend “conservatives” and “liberals” “need be operating together“. Well, Brainy Boy, that’s not achieved really by calling your book “The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science–and Reality“, is it??

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Omnologos – Twitter Updates for 2012-04-26

  • Were non-Murdoch journos really clueless about what was happening? Are they trying to present themselves as professional failures? (Cont) #
  • (Cont) isn't it much more likely that NotW-style practices have been widespread among the newsmedia industry in the UK? #
  • Hosepipe ban continues in Kent. Anybody found watering the garden (in this weather) will be confined (in a mental hospital). #
  • I have a strong feeling @Misco_UK won't publish my 'review' and its reference to their post-sales rules written as if by a paranoid lawyer. #
  • Environmentalism = the movement where people with rich wallets or salaries meet in faraway places to complain everybody else is corrupt. #
  • Climate activist: any alarmist not alarmed enough to concentrate on doing things rather than conduct inquisition-like hunts for 'deniers'. #
  • Un precedente con il Governo di un Presidente oltre l'ottantina + decreti a iosa in uno Stato in crisi? La Germania del 1932-1934. #25aprile #
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  • Champions allegorica. La Spagna manca il rigore. L'Italia in finale grazie agli emigrati. L'Inghilterra, agli immigrati. Germania sempre lì. #
  • Symbolic Champions League. Emigrants only Italians in final. Mostly immigrants for England. Spain a double failure, Germany always there. #
  • Il problema di @gianfranco_fini è che è il Terzo Polo del Terzo Polo. Fatti i conti, il Nono Polo. #
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  • Farage and the #UKIP can't help sounding raging xenophobes. #fail #