Harry Potter Readers Show Advanced Cognitive and Argumentative Skills
Original post made by Zoilo Versailles on Aug 18, 2013
But it turns out they may share something more substantial as well: political views.
According to a book by University of Vermont professor Anthony Gierzynski titled "Harry Potter and the Millennials," college-age Potter fans share similar political stances. They are "more open to diversity; politically tolerant; less authoritarian; less likely to support the use of deadly force or torture; [and] more politically active," according to University of Vermont writer Jon C. Reidel.
They also have similar tastes in politicians, with 83 percent of respondents saying they disliked the George W. Bush administration and about 60 percent stating that they voted for Barack Obama during his first election.
Gierzynski states that Harry Potter readers have been exposed to and acquired several advanced cognitive skills earlier than prior generations, which has left them with better thinking and argumentative abilities. "This explains why they lean to the left, politically. If you look at the right wing these days, one sees lots of hand waving but little that is grounded in careful thought or that can be defended in and through rational argumentation."
on Aug 19, 2013 at 10:38 am
Since 66% of voters aged 18-29 voted for Obama in 2008, then one should conclude these Harry Potter readers (60% voted for Obama) are slightly more conservative than their peers. Or as the author of the book writes "the struggles of the wizarding world against Voldemort did indeed play an important role in the political development of many Millennials".
on Aug 19, 2013 at 10:45 am
And Zoilo, plagiarizing other's work is not cool.
on Aug 19, 2013 at 11:10 am
Can't agree with your math, Dark. 60% of those polled is really much higher than your 66% figure when you calculate the nonvoters that are included in the first number. So, for example, say 30% of respondents didn't vote at all (a conservative estimate) in the presidential election. The 60% then would jump to 85+% among those who voted.
My hunch is that, unlike yourself, most Harry Potter readers would quickly have scoped out your erroneous math claim and invalid conclusion pretty quickly. Back to the importance of math, analytical reasoning, and rational argument. In a word, Harry Potter readers ROCK.