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 Experiment About Taxes
An Open Letter to the Generals in “The War On Partisanship”
Are Moral Foundations Named Incorrectly, Leading to Misunderstanding?
A Response to “A Social Science Without Sacred Values”
A Response to “Why are there so few non-liberals in social psychology? A closer look”
A Thought Experiment About Taxes
A Thought Experiment for Liberals
A Universe of Me-Centric Universes
Academia is Rotting From Its Core Outward
America’s Founding Was A Conservative Movement
Analyst’s Attempts to Describe Brexit and Trump Epitomize the Fable of The Blind Men and the Elephant.  Here’s the True Elephant.
Ancient Wisdom Improves Science and Increases Knowledge
An Example of Liberal Bias in Academic Social Science
An Open Letter to Heterodox Academy
Anti-Free Speech “Safe Space” Movement Violates the Code of Ethics of the National Education Association, The
Anti-Science Left Harms More Than Anti-Science Right
Bad News/ Fantastic News for Conservatism from Social Science
Balance is All
Bees and the Hive: Liberal and Conservative Perceptions of Human Nature, The
Blame for the Current State of Partisan Rancor Rests in Academia, The
Blood of Westminster is on the Hands of the Political Left, The
Bottom Line, The
Brexit Was a Modern Day Glorious Revolution; a Declaration of Independence
Campus Craziness is Not Just a Free Speech Crisis, It’s Also a Mental Health Crisis
Campus Protesters Match the Symptom List for Behavioral Disorders
Can of Worms
Can you put your actions where your good intentions are, or is your ideology all about you?
Capitalism, Not Racism, Flipped the South to Republicans
Capitalism v Socialism = Aristotle v Plato, or, A Struggle Between Cognitive Styles
Chris Matthews Is Morally Dumbfounded
Coddled Students’ Thinking Mirrors that of “The Terror”
Cognitive Style is a Moral Foundation
Cognitive Style is a Moral Foundation.  Different Styles Yield Different Insights.  Eschewing a Style Deprives Us of its Insights, Decreases Viewpoint Diversity, and Exacerbates the Coming Apart.
Cognitive Theory of Politics, The
Compromise is Not Always Good
Conflating the Many Meanings of “Care” Hinders Our Understanding of Morality, Ideology, Politics, and Human Nature
Consciousness Bias, The
Conservatism is not Resistance to Change, it is Respect for Experience
Conservative Conundrum, and a Possible Solution, The
Conservative Creed, The
Conservative Elephant, The
Conservatives Have More Empathy Than Liberals
Conservatism is Right, Liberalism is Wrong
Cousins’ Wars.  Again.
Deepwater Horizon
Difference Between Being Nice and Being Good, The
Delusion Behind “Viewpoint Diversity” and “No Labels” Exacerbates Our Problems, The
Do Liberals Really “Care” More?
Education System Messes Up the Brain’s Interpreter Module; Exacerbates Partisanship
Effect and Cause
Eight Challenges to Moral Foundations Theory
Elephant in the Room, The
Emotional Infants
Evidence And Reason
Evidence Type Must Mach Assertion Type
Examining the Water, nor Not
Falsehoods and Truths
Flip the Script
Four Principles of Moral Psychology, The
Future of Social Science, The
Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft: Conservatism is the Seedbed of Liberalism
Google Memo, The
Happy Birthday Sons of Liberty
Haidt’s Evenhandedness Dilutes the Message
Haidt’s Mixed Message: The Strength of “The Righteous Mind” is Also Its Weakness
Heart of the Problem, The
Henry James Sr. Stole My Idea (100 years before I had it)
Heterodox Academy Should Offer More Non-Liberal Viewpoints, Not Just Rail Against the Evils of the Liberal Monoculture
Heterodox Academy, the self-proclaimed champion of viewpoint diversity, suppressed my viewpoint.
Hiding in Plain Sight: The Insidious Bigotry of the Leftist Righteous Mind
The Hierarchy of Evolved Psychology, Morality, and Public Policy
How American Popular Culture Misunderstands Conservatism
How Much of Racism is Actually Racism?</a
How the American Education System Foments Partisan Anger, and How to Fix it
How to Better Articulate Conservatism (And Liberalism Too)
How to Train an Elephant
Human History Explained In Ten Statements
Human Nature, Common to All of Us, Explains Recent Events; Not Nationalism, Populism, or Authoritarianism, and Certainly Not Racism
Ideas Triggered by a Lecture about Libertarianism
Ideological Purity in K-12 Education Harms Mental Health
Ideologies are Hypotheses. Hypotheses are Testable
Illiberalism is Cancer
Introduction to Moral Foundations Theory (MFT)
Is “Groupthink” Evidence of Another Moral Foundation?
Is Liberal Bias in Academia Denial of Science?
Is Social Science Politically Biased?
It’s All About the Narrative, Part 1: What are Narratives and How Do They Work?
It’s All About the Narrative, Part 2: Narratives are Social Facts
It’s All About the Narrative, Part 3: How Narratives Vary
Jonathan Haidt Ignores the Largest Factor Causing the Political Divide, and His Own Findings, to Blame Republicans Instead
Jonathan Haidt’s Metaphors Sacrifice Completeness and Accuracy in Favor of Parsimony and Ideology.  Part I: Yin/Yang
Jonathan Haidt’s Metaphors Sacrifice Completeness and Accuracy in Favor of Parsimony and Ideology, Part II: Taste Buds
K-16 Education System Teaches Students to Slur, Not Argue
“Kindly Inquisitors” Offers Common Ground for Liberals and Conservatives, and a Lesson in Tolerance
Left Wing Bias on Heterodox Academy’s “Problem” Page
Lesson Plan, Version 1, First Rough Draft
Liberal and Conservative – Different Cognitive Processes
Liberal and Conservative – Individual and Community
Liberal and Conservative – Literal and Conceptual
Liberal and Conservative Moral Visions
Liberal and Conservative – Reason and Experience
Liberal Dominance in Academia Hurts America
Liberal Dominance in Mass Media Harms America
Liberal Elephant, The
Liberal Hegemony in Academia “No Platforms” Truths of Human Nature and Thereby Exacerbates Partisan Discord
Liberal Hegemony in Education Stifles Science and Inhibits Progress
Liberalism Is An Asteroid
Liberalism is Anti-Science Magical Thinking
Liberalism is Innately Anti-Science
Liberty, Equality, Justice, and Fairness Have Different Meanings in Different Matrices
Left Has Jumped the Shark, The
Left Wing Tilt of American Popular Culture Distorts Our Grasp of Current Events, The
Meeting of the Dons, The
Mental Health Crisis Nobody’s Talking About Explains Extremist Protesters, The
Moral Foundations, The
Milo Yiannopoulos Transcript, UC Irvine, 6/2/2016: #WhatGoesAroundComesAround
Mizzou Madness, and a Challenge to Moral Foundations Theory
Mike Romano Story, The
Moral Atrophy
Moral Capital is a Moral Foundation
Moral Foundations Check and Balance Each Other
Moral Foundations Have Facets; Are Experienced Differently by Liberals and Conservatives
Moral Foundations Help to Define the Elephant
Moral Foundations Theory Helps to Explain Cognitive Complexity
Morality is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts
Morality is Selfishness:  It always is, and can only ever be, “all about me.”
Moral Psychology and the Misunderstanding of Ideology
Moral Relativism is an Asteroid
The Moral Roots of Capitalism and Socialism
My ‘Cognitive Theory of Politics’ Has Gained Some Traction
My Comment to a Heterodox Academy Blog Post
My Morals
Most Analyses Fail to Identify The Root Cause of Partisanship
National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula Promote the Liberal Agenda, Decrease Diversity, and Exacerbate Partisan Rancor:  How to Fix This Problem
Natural Law
New and Improved Moral Foundations?
The New Cult of Reason
On Being
Openness To New Ideas Is Not A Moral Foundation
Other Brief Thoughts: Haidt’s Yin/Yang, Moral Thinking, and Advice to Democrats
Overview: Moral Foundations Theory Explains Much More Than Just the Political Divide
Patterns of Leftist Social Cognition Common to Multiple Eras and Cultures
Pejorative “Low Information Voter” Has Been Assigned to the Wrong Identity Group, The
Polemics are in the eye of the beholder
Political Divide is Between Linear and Complex thinking, not Left and Right, The
Political Strife and Societal Decay are Caused in Part By Treating Feelings as Valid Reasons for Social Constructs
Post Script
Prime Directives of Liberalism and Conservatism, The
Protecting the Weak
Progressive Kristallnacht
Psychological Components of Ideology and Morality, The
Questions of Academic Ethics
Real Life Twilight Zone
Reason is for Winning, Not Truth Finding
Reason is for Winning, not Truth Finding (and Moral Foundations are the Rider’s Tools of Reason)
Redskins Trademark Ruling
Religion, Morality, and Ideology: Different Names for the Same Underlying Element of Human Nature
Religion, Morality, and Ideology: Like Things That Should Be Judged Alike
Republican “Extremism”
Response to “Conservatives Good, Republican Party Bad”
Rider and the Elephant, The
Saleton is Wrong About Damore
Scientific Professions that Prioritize Ideology Above the Scientific Method are Unethical
Small Mindedness of Consciousness, The
Social Science = Rationalism, Rationalism = Pedantry, Pedantry Exacerbates the Ideological Divide
Some of Haidt’s Metaphors Contradict His Findings
Summary and Conclusion
The Anti-Free Speech “Safe Space” Movement Violates the Code of Ethics of the National Education Association
The Blame for the Current State of Partisan Rancor Rests in Academia
The Blood of Westminster is on the Hands of the Political Left
The Coddling Of The American Mind
The Cognitive Theory of Politics
The Complex Nature of Human Society and Interaction
The Conservative Creed
The Cousins’ Wars.  Again.
The Delusion Behind “Viewpoint Diversity” and “No Labels” Exacerbates Our Problems
The Future of Social Science
The Heart of the Problem
The Hidden “Hidden Wound”
The Hierarchy of Evolved Psychology, Morality, and Public Policy
The Hole In Moral Foundations Theory and a Speculation On How To Fix It
The Left Has Jumped the Shark
The Meeting of the Dons
The Mental Health Crisis Nobody’s Talking About Explains Extremist Protesters
The Missing Fourth Principle of Moral Psychology
The New Cult of Reason
The New Republic Misses The Point Of “The Coddling Of The American Mind”
The Pejorative “Low Information Voter” Has Been Assigned to the Wrong Identity Group
The Political Divide is Between Linear and Complex thinking, not Left and Right
The Proximate Cause of the Political Divide
The Psychological Components of Ideology and Morality
The Real Enemy in the “War On Partisanship”
The Reason Delusion
Rescuing “Diversity” from Affirmative Action and Campus Activists
“The Righteous Mind” in One Image
“The Righteous Mind” Critiqued In Three Pictures
“The Righteous Mind” is a Fun Read and a Valuable Tool for Conservatives
“The Righteous Mind” Is Not Enough
The Root Cause of the Political Divide
The Small Mindedness of Consciousness
The Three Best Analyses of Why Trump Won
Rousseau Knew Intuition Rules Reason; Sought to Bend Intuition to the Idealized “General Will” via Education, Like Today’s campus Protesters
Thesis Part One – Introduction: Why Moral Foundations and Cognitive Style Matter
Thesis Part Two – How Moral Foundations Affect Partisan Divisiveness (Updated 3/28/15)
Thesis Part Three – Cognitive Style is a Moral Foundation
Thesis Part Four – Recommendations (Update 3/28/15)
Three Best Analyses of Why Trump Won, The
Titanic Goole, Meet Iceberg Truth (aka Damore’s Memo)
Science-Based Definitions of Liberalism and Conservatism
Scientific Regress
Social Justice Warriors Physically Assault Trump Supporters.  It Was Only a Matter of Time.  Here’s Why.
Stop Conflating Ideology With Government
The “Strongest Prejudice” is Great for America
Take Out the Garbage
To Be Moral, MOVE the Bell Curve, Don’t FLATTEN it
The Google Memo
The Trojan Horse of “Separation of Church and State
The Trump Phenomenon Pulls Back The Curtain On The American Mood
The Two Greatest Inventions In The History Of Mankind
Theory of Cognitive Style in Three Sentences
The Yale Problem Begins in Kindergarten
This is Absolutely Stunning
This Explains – And Changes – Everything
Three Stories About Government
To Understand Milo Study Trump
Toward A More Accurate Political Spectrum
Trump is Right. Bigotry is Bigotry.  Period.
Understanding Trump’s Appeal
Van Jones and Jon Haidt Make the Case for Conservatism
Viewpoint Diversity is Only Half the Battle
What Everyone’s Missing About Trump
What Moral Foundations Really Are and How They Help Us To Diagnose And Treat The Political Divide
What The New Republic Misses
What Went Wrong? Michael Shermer Misses the Obvious
“When Compassion Leads to Sacrilege” – Transcript of a talk by Jonathan Haidt
Where Microaggressions Really Come From
Whose Reality is More Congruent With Actual Reality? How Do We Know? What Are the Consequences?
Why “Compromise” Rankles
Why Does Liberalism Exist?
Why E.J. Dionne Doesn’t Get Conservatism
Why Framing Liberal Positions  With Binding Foundations Often Fails
Why Leftism is Inherently Divisive and the Founders Were Right
Words Have Meanings
Yeah, About That (purple) Cake
Yes, I Am “Judgmental”: An Overview of the Position of The Independent Whig


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