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Falsehoods and Truths


The political divide is largely a natural and inevitable consequence of fundamental human nature. We evolved to form into groups of like-minded people which then compete with other groups for political power and influence. But some of the divide is NOT inevitable. That part, simply put, is ignorance. Both sides believe things about human nature … Continue reading

Falsehoods and Truths


The political divide is largely a natural and inevitable consequence of fundamental human nature. We evolved to form into groups of like-minded people which then compete with other groups for political power and influence. But some of the divide is NOT inevitable. That part, simply put, is ignorance. Both sides believe things about human nature … Continue reading

Liberal Hegemonic Control of Academia, Entertainment, and Media Sacrifices Truth on the Alter of Social Justice


In his recent lecture at Duke, Jonathan Haidt suggests that a university can pursue Truth, or it can pursue Social Justice, but it can’t pursue both because they’re mutually exclusive.  The implications for the world in general, and politics in particular, are obvious. If we choose truth, and if we follow the logical thread to its … Continue reading

A personal note of appreciation and explanation to Jon Haidt, Liz Joyner, Heterodox Academy, The Village Square, and everyone else


“When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged, and errors can go unchallenged.”  – Heterodox Academy Home Page  Question: What happens when nearly everyone in THREE* fields shares the same political orthodoxy, and those three fields enjoy nearly complete control over the path** of the … Continue reading

Liberal Hegemony in Academia “No Platforms” Truths of Human Nature and Thereby Exacerbates Partisan Discord


Articles like The Big Uneasy, the interview of Timothy Garton Ash, and many others highlighted by Heterodox Academy as these were, or written by its members, remind me of the fable of the blind men and the elephant, in which each blind man touched a different part of the elephant and concluded he had encountered a … Continue reading

How To Fix What’s Wrong


Education in Human Nature 101* is the bomb down the ventilation shaft of the Death Star of false presumptions** that underlie today’s political discourse and are the root cause of so much divisiveness and rancor. We use the false presumptions to: 1) dehumanize one another, which makes it easy for us to vilify each other … Continue reading

Index of Posts


A Comment on “Heterodox Academy’s Guide to the Most (and Least) Politically Diverse Colleges, First Edit A Culture-Wide Mental Health Crisis A Critique of Heterodox Academy Adaptive Pressure That Caused Liberalism, The A “Dark,” “Militant,” and “Threatening” Speech A Deep Understanding of Care A Grave Error of Intellect and Imagination A New “Imagine” A Thought … Continue reading

Haidt: Two Incompatible Sacred Values in American Universities


  Jonathan Haidt:                 Thanks so much, Bruce, and thanks to all of you for that warm, warm welcome. So 2016 is a very, very strange year. It feels very strange around the world; extraordinary violence in Syria and Iraq driving political events in Europe, novel events the likes of which nobody expected. Of course in … Continue reading

Heterodox Academy Should Offer More Non-Liberal Viewpoints, Not Just Rail Against the Evils of the Liberal Monoculture


In Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard Chip and Dan Heath show that the cultural environment in which we live acts as a “behavioral autopilot” that shapes our behaviors, thoughts, and intuitions. The autopilot of American popular culture leans strongly to the left because it is owned and operated by the inhabitants of … Continue reading

Treating the Symptoms is Nice but Let’s ALSO Treat the Disease


I agree with, endorse, support, and encourage every word, and the spirit and intent as well, of Heterodox Academy’s condemnation of Turning Point USA’s “Professor Watchlist,” which has the declared mission “to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” Heterodox Academy is … Continue reading

I Support Viewpoint Diversity

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A politically diverse group of social scientists, natural scientists, humanists, and other scholars who want to improve our academic disciplines and universities. We share a concern about a growing problem: the loss or lack of “viewpoint diversity.” When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged, and errors can go unchallenged.

An Interpretation of Jonathan Haidt’s Moral Foundations Theory

This sidebar lists a series of posts which together make up an essay relating Moral Foundations Theory to today's politics, and even a little history, as viewed through The Independent Whig's six-foundation moral lens.

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Venn Diagram of Liberal and Conservative Traits and Moral Foundations and