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Harry Potter Readers Show Advanced Cognitive and Argumentative Skills

Original post made by Zoilo Versailles, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Aug 18, 2013

"Harry Potter" fans already have in common their ability to rattle off obscure trivia like character Ron Weasley's favorite Quidditch team or the address of protagonist Harry's cruel aunt and uncle.

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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
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".


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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on Aug 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

And Zoilo, plagiarizing other's work is not cool.


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Posted by Zoilo Versailles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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.


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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on Aug 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Zoilo - The problem with plagiarizing Molly Driscoll's work, is that you inherited her flawed reporting (misreading?) of Jon C. Reidel's review of Professor Gierzynski's book. Of the 1,100 anonymous student surveys, 35% read all seven HP books. "About 60% of those who read all of the books said they voted for Obama in 2008". I don't know if Professor Gierzynski kept or removed non-voters in that statistic. Since I haven't read the book, and the margin of error is high, I withdraw my suggestion of conclusion. You might consider withdrawing your plagiarism.


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Posted by Zoillo Versailles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm

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