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Yesterday’s Pravda-on-the-Hudson reported that the political science profession has done it again. It has come up with something that you desperately need to know:
Conservatives and liberals do not smell the same to potential mates. According to a study published this month in the American Journal of Political Science, people can literally sniff out ideology — and this may explain why so many couples share political beliefs. Or, as the study’s title says, “Assortative Mating on Ideology Could Operate Through Olfactory Cues.”
Researchers led by Brown University political scientist Rose McDermott found that, to a small but significant degree, people prefer the body odor of those who vote as they do.
I have a sneaking suspicion that we are witnessing your tax dollars at work — to wit, that Professor McDermott’s investigation was supported by the National Science Foundation.
But I am not in a position to judge whether her findings are just. I teach at a relatively conservative college, and a large proportion of those around me are conservative in some sort of way. So, I ask those of you who operate in the larger world — especially, those of you who consort nearly every day with, yes, liberals — when it comes to body odor, what is the distinctive scent of a liberal? How can I smell one of them coming my way?
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