Posted by: ReductiMat
How would you define a replicable science experiment to prove that being center is better based off an "unexplained scoring system" by a website that "does not reveal the people behind it, beyond the fact that it seems to be based in the United Kingdom?"
What if someone came up with a more transparent system that placed you right or left of centre? Would you strive to change your views to fit that model?
Oh the irony in that I just gave a somewhat similar answer to shogun...
There's non science experiment here, we're using language and the accepted definitions of various words and terms to help describe someone's political position. As an aside, it's one of the reasons I like Chompsky, he's excellent as using language to describe a situation/issue whether or not you agree with his political leaning. So in terms of the accepted definitions and norms, being centrist essentially means one has balance views between left and right. We don't necessarily need a website to tell us that, just and understanding of the various political themes. If there was a system that placed me more to the left or right (I did score left of centre on the compass btw) then I would be fine with that if it aligned with my political views and accepted definitions for those views. If a site called me strongly right for example then I would immediately have to question is as that would not line up with my understanding of what left/right mean. So I would first check how the site is defining those terms and then check that against the accepted definitions and finally my own. That would be your science experiment I suppose.
Maybe that's what getting the world and the political spectrum so fucked up these days, is that the appreciation for and understanding of language is slowly going into the shitter and people can't communicate anymore beyond basic terms that leave far too much ambiguity in what the speaker/writer is trying to say.