Cognitive ability and political preferences in Denmark: knitr edition

rpubs.com/EmilOWK/208757 Analysis of the data collected so far, presented side by side with R code. It will be expanded into a proper paper and submitted to OQSPS soonish. Soonish here meaning when Noah gets around to do it! Due to the surprising results, we should probably do a follow-up replication using new subjects. These results…

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Personal freedom and cognitive ability: OKCupid dataset replication

Noah Carl has been investigating the relationship between cognitive ability and political opinions aside from the usual confused 1-axis left-right model. Specifically, looking at the economic freedom and personal freedom axes (á la this test). He did this in two datasets so far, covering the UK and the US: Verbal intelligence is correlated with socially…

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Another political bias test

See also: Rationality and bias test results I stumbled upon another political bias test: econturingtest.com/ Basically, you will be given 10 questions: 5 about why US-style conservatives favor/oppose a given policy, and 5 why US-style liberals favor/oppose, the same policy. It is a multiple-choice format. Your score is then calculated simply after comparison with the…

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New paper out: The international general socioeconomic factor: Factor analyzing international rankings

openpsych.net/ODP/2014/09/the-international-general-socioeconomic-factor-factor-analyzing-international-rankings/ Abstract Many studies have examined the correlations between national IQs and various country-level indexes of well-being. The analyses have been unsystematic and not gathered in one single analysis or dataset. In this paper I gather a large sample of country-level indexes and show that there is a strong general socioeconomic factor (S factor) which…

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The IQ Controversy, the Media and Public Policy (1988, Snyderman, Rothman)

www.goodreads.com/book/show/2404700.The_IQ_Controversy_the_Media_and_Public_Policy The I. Q. Controversy The Media and Public Policy Stanley Rothman 323p_0887381510   I read this becus i want to do a follow-up study like this. Both analyzing media output and doing another expert survey.   —   I had been thinking about using PCA on political questions to see any obvious underlying structure….

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Venice wants to be independent: analysis of possible outcomes given self-selection of the voting population

www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/03/europes-latest-secession-movement-venice/284562/ Venice seems to be tired of Italy. It’s a bad economic trade off for them. They want to return to their former glory. Good! We need more power decentralization. There was a vote: Last week, in a move overshadowed by the international outcry over Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Plebiscito.eu, an organization representing a coalition of…

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Review: Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter (Ilya Somin)

This book is a quick read and covers the area decently well. The major drawback is that it doesnt discuss deliberative democracy or liquid democracy. IMO this book is not as good as Caplans recent book on the same topic which i also read. Maybe cuz i read his first. gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=af2d8de3a8bc8a8e693a1be68a4bd3f3&open=0   many people conflate…

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Review: Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle

I expected more of this book. The initial chapters are pretty bad, not very scientific or rigorous in the argumentation. The later chapters were much more interesting, leading to a total rating of mediocre. www.goodreads.com/book/show/744918.Laws_of_Fear gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=552D4DCAE50ACA6B17E8833CEF9DEBE3&open=0   I do not venture a survey here, but it is reasonable to speculate that in actual practice, nations…

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