Silly Science: Aquarium Democracy Edition

by Larry Bartels on December 15, 2011 · 6 comments

in Academia,Education,Science

Whenever I am tempted to despair of political science, I pause to consider what very smart people who can’t be bothered are apt to get up to. Today’s example comes from the august interdisciplinary journal Science, where biologists are busy drawing conclusions about uninformed citizens and democratic consensus from the behavior of golden shiners.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, to its credit, found a couple political scientists, Lynn Vavreck and Larry Sabato, to register demurrals. Science, apparently not.


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