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August 23, 2010


I was hoping Brendan's link would tell what consequences for politics the Muslim myth has that ESP/witches/etc. don't, and also how he knows it's the case.

How would one research this question? I can imagine 3 classes of people affected by the myth:
• Some people may feel more negative toward someone they think is Islamic.
• Some people may feel more positive toward someone they think is Islamic (particularly Muslims!)

• Some people may feel that conservative belief in this myth shows that liberals are mentally superior to conservatives.

Any study of the political impact of the myth should measure the size of each of these groups and how big an impact the myth has on them.

I suspect that the third group is the most significant, because I see main stream liberal media folks going on and on about the myth, even though excessive attention to the myth may tend to spread it.

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