One of the recent studies purporting to show a difference between liberal and conservative brains judged political opinions in accordance with the Wilson–Patterson inventory, in which the experimental subjects are asked if they agree with the liberal or conservative view on items in a list. In my humble opinion, many of the item in the Wilson–Patterson inventory are ambiguous. For example:
- School prayer
Do they mean “Are you in favor of prayer in public schools?” or “Are you in favor of prayer in more schools?”
Do they mean “Are you in favor of state suppression of pornography?” or “Are you in favor of private citizens criticizing it?”
- Women's equality
Do they mean “Are you in favor of allowing women to work?” (at one time leftists didn't) or “Are you in favor of forcing businesses to pay wages based on someone's fantasy of discrimination?”
- abortion rights
Do they mean “Are you in favor of the right to an abortion?” or “Are you in favor of the right not to be aborted?”
- warrantless searches
This isn't right-wing vs. left-wing; this is in-power vs. out-of-power.
Is the Left for or against globalization this week?
- school standards
Lately, it's been the right-wing who are opposed to Common Core.
- free trade
Is the Left for or against free trade this week?
My stereotype detector just buzzed.
Give me three quarters of the cake?