His post in its entirety:
|Robin Hanson points to the above graph from a recent survey and posits:|
If the public knew the truth, I expect two effects:
But it seems to me that scientists may simply be responding to the redefinition of conservatism in America as a fundamentalist Protestant religious grouping that denies evolution, favors (intellectually indefensible) Bibical literalism, and has a problem with the Enlightenment. Many scientists might remain conservative in the sense I hold - belief in limited government, pragmatic change, individual freedom - but feel they have to call themsleves "liberal" considering the views of those who now go by the name "conservative."
Sullivan's analysis certainly rings true to me. Further, I disagree with Hanson that the public considers scientists to be authoritative on, well, anything related to public policy.