An appeal to authority - Social Sciences boffins please read
August 4, 2010 2:42 PM Subscribe
Are the results of Bob Altemeyer
's research, as presented most recently in his book The Authoritarians
posted by jtron to Science & Nature (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Reading that book confirmed a lot of things I'd been struggling toward deeper understanding of. When anything affirms my previously-held beliefs that closely, I want to check it out thoroughly to make sure I'm not standing on perilous intellectual ground.
While I have some basic statistics and general background in the social sciences, all my advanced education and most of my work experience has been in the arts. I'd like to hear from people with advanced training, or closer familiarity, with the subject matter in question. Of course, if you're as ill-tutored as me, but still notice shoddy methodology or gaping holes in logic, please let me know as well!
The only negative scholarly opinion I could find online that wasn't behind a paywall or otherwise inaccessible was by another professor studying authoritarianism, and one of his objections was that he hadn't been cited (or not cited enough). Not sure if this is the narcissism of small differences or just normal academic snipery, though.