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My Cognitive Theory of Politics Has Gained Some Traction

My Cognitive Theory of Politics is catching on a little bit. At 29:20 of the video Darwin, Evolution, Morality and Religion by The Academic Agent:(emphasis added). We need not concern ourselves with the lengthy exchanges between Harris and Haidt on this matter. The underlying difference between the two of them comes down to the central dichotomy … Continue reading

The Meeting of the Dons

I like to keep up with what’s happening over at Heterodox Academy (HxA).  I often leave heartfelt, but I like to think well argued, comments on their blog posts. There’s a terrific blog post over there in which social scientists examine in excruciating detail the veracity of practically every statement and topic within Damore’s Google … Continue reading

My Comment to a Heterodox Academy Blog Post

I just posted this in the comments to a blog post over at Heterodox Academy, which fights for viewpoint diversity in academia.   I haven’t watched the video but this remark in the blog post is mind bogglingly stunning in its deafness and blindness to what’s going on. It’s just not possible for a person … Continue reading

The ‘Cousins’ Wars.’ Again.

In the book The Cousins’ Wars Kevin Phillips argues that the English Civil War, The American War for Independence, and the American Civil War were not independent conflicts but rather three battles in a single, long, overarching struggle between two opposing world views. I suggest that today’s partisan Coming Apart is merely the current battle … Continue reading

A Culture-Wide Mental Health Crisis

In The Coddling of the American Mind Haidt and Lukianoff describe how the cognitively distorted thinking of emotional reasoning is harming the mental health of university students.. I suggest that the problem goes far beyond the campus, and that what’s happening these days on the left in Western culture at large is NOT merely a … Continue reading

Titanic Google, Meet Iceberg Truth (aka Damore’s Memo)

Trying to understand the fuss surrounding the Google memo by focusing on the veracity of its content (spoiler: It’s excellent) strikes me as the intellectual equivalent of trying to understand why the Titanic sank by focusing on the iceberg.  The problem is not with the iceberg, or the memo.  The problem is with the ship … Continue reading

Anti-Science Left Harms More than Anti-Science Right

This excerpt from a lecture by Jonathan Haidt in which he argues that both the right and the left deny science when it challenges their sacred values is fine as far as it goes. But what it leaves out amounts to a lie of omission. Or, if “lie” is too unkind – as anyone who … Continue reading

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Insidious Bigotry of the Leftist Righteous Mind

Do not for one instant construe this blog post as in any way even the slightest defense of the heinous bigotry of white (or any race) supremacy.  I vehemently reject and disavow ALL forms of bigotry, race based and otherwise.  The topic of this post is the moral blindness of the leftist righteous mind and … Continue reading

Trump Is Right. Bigotry is Bigotry. Period.

Do not for one instant construe this blog post as in any way a defense of white (or any race) supremacy. This is a post about intellectual honesty and the ideological blindness of current WEIRD Western Culture.  Bigotry – hatred of out-group “others” – is bigotry, period, irrespective of the underlying quality or trait that … Continue reading

The Google Memo

There’s a terrific analysis of the scientific veracity of the Google Memo over at the Heterodox Academy blog. Here’s the thing, that blog post and the discussion in the comments that follow it strike me as not unlike a painstaking examination of the clothing of a woman who’s been sexually harassed. If any part of … Continue reading

I Support Viewpoint Diversity


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.


Venn Diagram of Liberal and Conservative Traits and Moral Foundations and

Venn Diagram of Liberal and Conservative Traits and Moral Foundations