Do you think this is art? (Or just something your kid could do?)
Your opinion on this turns out to be highly correlated with your opinion about our current (miserable excuse for a) President.
Subjects were shown the image with no further identifying information. (The caption I added to the image rather gives the show away.)
It turns out there is a strong correlation between those who think it is art and those who disapprove of P45 (POTUS #45; I try to avoid using the name).
Likewise, there’s a strong correlation between those who think it isn’t art and those who like the Pumpkin Goblin.
[For the record, I can’t stand the guy, and I never could, even in his earliest days. I was horrified when he ran, and I’ve been horrified and depressed ever since he won. Oddly, given those strong feelings of loathing, my first reaction to the image was: could be art, but could be some parent’s proud refrigerator art. (But definitely could be art.) I’d like to say I leaned towards yes, but I would have checked the “Not sure” option.]
The Coffee Thyme Gap is actually larger than the college degree gap, which is one of the biggest and most widely discussed predictors of Trump support. And there’s reason to believe the bachelor’s degree serves as an imperfect proxy for underlying psychological attributes that are better captured by asking about art
The approval of P45 is obviously more tightly tied to party than to anything else, but even among Republicans and independent voters, the Coffee Thyme Gap is apparent.
This gap apparently correlates with a psychological trait, called “openness to experience” — the more open one is, the more liberal one tends to be.
But while the “Coffee Thyme” result might seem novel to a lay person, it wasn’t unexpected to the people who put the poll together. That’s because it’s in line with a well-known finding in political psychology that people who score high in a personality attribute known as “openness to experience” tend to have more left-wing political opinions.
Back in 2016 I wrote a post that mentioned a study correlating one’s sense of disgust with how conservative one is. Disgust and fear are traits of the less open. This recent poll seems to confirm those results.
As the Vox article goes on to say:
Another thing that correlates with openness to experience is educational attainment. High-openness people have higher IQs, so they tend to do better in school. And high-openness people are more interested in school, especially the less practical aspects of it, so they’re more motivated to earn degrees.
Which may explain the underlying psychology behind the college education gap — those with college degrees tend to dislike P45 (although there are certainly exceptions — presumably all his minions have college degrees). I suspect the correlation is much higher among those with degrees in the arts.
The article concludes that candidates might do well to focus on the personality traits rather than geographical, or even educational, traits.
[Although, I have to say I’m appalled the 2020 election could even be a close race. A moldy orange ought to win by a landslide. I can just barely wrap my head around the idea of voting for him in the first place, but after seeing him in action, I can’t understand why anyone still supports him. He’s an utter abomination!]
I think for me, this is a good reminder of just how different people can be in their worldview.
I’d like to believe that facts matter, that rational thinking matter, that character matters, but examples like this throw into pretty stark relief that not everyone sees the world that way. Some simply have different priorities.
The correlation between that kind of backward thinking and hateful, harmful behavior is just too strong in my eyes.
At some point you just have to acknowledge what kind of people are responsible for most of the major social issues in the world today (I’m talking racism, sexism, tribalism, nationalism, and excessive capitalism).
I think we should start building that “B” Ark today!
Maybe we can get Elon Musk and SpaceX to build it.
Stay open to experience, my friends!