Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Three Personalities of America, Mapped - CityLab

A few years ago, Jason Rentfrow, a psychologist at the University of Cambridge, dug into a question that has captivated him for decades: Do different places have different personalities? Do people in Los Angeles, for instance, have measurably different temperaments than the residents of Augusta, Georgia? If so, what does that mean for both places? Rentfrow decided to test these questions on a phenomenon that has captivated all of America lately: The rise of Donald Trump.


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Sounds very scientific. Just like astrology.

Posted by: Paul Mapes | Nov 20, 2019 12:10:17 PM

Further proof the social sciences are "JV" compared to the physical (real) sciences. No laws can be stated. No predictive, falsifiable hypotheses can be enunciated. And, of course, researcher bias.

Consider the thought experiment where these same researchers, going back in time, would have considered identifying neuroticism in the class of the San Fran protesters of the1960's. Those would have been "brave" and "imaginative" in the face of the cultural power wielded by the media and academic institutions. Amiright?

Posted by: jmod46 | Nov 20, 2019 3:43:25 PM