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Can Evolution Explain Why There Are Two Predominant Ideologies Rather Than Just One? Maybe Yes.


  Evolution shaped our minds as well as our bodies.  Our bodies are all the same. We all have the same basic structure, organs, etc., and they all work the same way. It seems only natural that our minds would all work the same way too. But that’s not the case. Research into human thought … Continue reading

A Critique of “Valuing Civility: Moral Pollution, Preference Falsification, and the Demise of Civil Society”


Fasten your seatbelts, this post is going to be a bumpy ride. There’s little turbulence in the early going, but the final approach is gonna throw you around. Rutgers Professor Lee Jussim has blogged extensively at Psychology Today about how the discipline of psychology leans strongly to the left. Jussim provides example after example of … Continue reading

Less Jussim’s Epic Twitter Thread on the Insanity (or Inanity?) of Social Justice


Rutgers Professor Lee Jussim, aka @Psychrabble, created an epic string of tweets on Twitter (starting here) about the rising tide of social justice insanity, or inanity. It is posted here in full for your reading pleasure. Pamela continues her string of powerful essays pushing back against the rising tide of social justice … idk, is … Continue reading

Freshman Class: How Education Can Shrink the Partisan Divide


The three most important findings of the Grievance Studies Project and The Coddling of the American Mind are; 1) there exists in academia and in Western culture generally an incomplete and often inaccurate grasp of human nature, 2) the near abandonment of critical thinking in both places, and, as a consequence of these, 3) social … Continue reading

Why Most Analyses of the Paris Protests and the Brexit and Trump Votes are Wrong


The explanation for the French uprising, Brexit, and Trump is simple, and straight from The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, which seems to have been forgotten soon after it was published. It’s not nationalism, it’s not populism, it’s not a cult of personality; it’s not racism or fascism or … Continue reading

Sample Lesson Plan


Learning Objectives: Ideally students should be able to describe each of these concepts in their own words, and should be able to accurately represent the viewpoint of the other side in a way the other side would consider fair (kinda like marriage counseling). The Rider and the Elephant The Argumentative Theory of Reasoning Groupishness Moral Foundations … Continue reading

The First Principles of Western Civilization


The core principles upon which Western Civilization and The Constitution rest, are:  1. Primacy of the individual (Class, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, or any other group identity are immaterial.) 2. Liberty of the individual, in which… 3. liberty is defined as freedom from coercion by others (negative liberty), NOT freedom to do whatever one wants … Continue reading

Jordan Peterson is Wrong About the Case for the Left


At 1:21:45 of the above video Jordan Peterson says the following: One of the things I do all the time in my public lectures is make a case for the utility of the left.  So and the case can be made quite rapidly. If you’re going to pursue things of value in a social environment you’re … Continue reading

Heterodox Academy’s Deeply Disappointing Open Mind Conference


I attended the Open Mind Conference hosted by Heterodox Academy (HxA), whose mission is “to improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement.” HxA is my favorite of all the groups that are trying to bridge the ideological divide and bring some amount of civility … Continue reading

The Opening of my Hypothetical Talk at Heterodox Academy’s Next Open Mind Conference


The first 44 seconds of this video introduces my topic. Here’s a transcript of it: Alice Dreger: Yeah, you know, I mean, to my mind, the problem with these celebrity speakers being crayed- being paid crazy amounts of money to come in and then we have to pay for all the securities. Most of them are … Continue reading

I Support Viewpoint Diversity

www.heterodoxacademy.org

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