Heretica and Hysteria on Campus

26 Mar



A wide range of psychological tests conducted by Wason and others cited by Haidt provide no evidence whatsoever that the professoriate is any more likely than a less educated cohort to think independently, that is, to process fresh ideas and to draw from them anything but the officially sanctioned conclusions.
As Haidt notes, academics tend to have higher than average IQs, and are predictably “able to generate more reasons” to account for what they believe. But high IQ people like academics “are no better than others at finding reasons on the other side.”

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6 responses to “Heretica and Hysteria on Campus

  1. infowarrior1

    March 26, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    True objectivity is always difficult. But crucial for determining Truth.

    • Will S.

      March 26, 2017 at 7:27 pm


  2. Cecil Henry

    March 26, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Yes. Well the thing about the mind and its intellect, is that it is mostly used as a tool of our baser drives and motivations.

    ‘Okay brain, this is what I want to do, now go figure out how to rationalize it and make it work’
    So the more powerful the brain, often just means better success in ones goals. Whether those goals are good is another story completely.

    It takes a lot of effort, and civilization, to get much beyond that. When you do, even a little bit, we call it freedom.

    • Will S.

      March 27, 2017 at 7:34 am

      Agreed. In fact, I think civilization itself is impossible without learning to go beyond that, and self-sacrifice for the greater collective good.