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When and how the virtue of academic truth seeking can turn into a vice

This is a guest post by Jochen Weber, who I met at Heterodox Academy’s Open Minds Conference in New York City on June 15th, and with whom I had several entertaining and enlightening conversations which turned out to be the highlights of my day.  Jochen originally published this post on his own blog, Spare-Time Philosophy, and … Continue reading

Responses to Musa Al-Gharbi

Musa Al-Gharbi’s recent post on the blog of Heterodox Academy is one of my favorites of all time from that group. But still, I have some comments/critiques regarding SOME of its content. I posted them as comments to his blog piece, but several days later they’re still apparently in “awaiting moderation” purgatory. For the record … Continue reading

The Big Book of Wisdom of Western Civilization

Jordan Peterson and Jonah Goldberg both published books this year that connect the social science understanding of how and why we humans do the things we do with the wisdom, lessons, and principles of Western Civilization. I see these book as the concluding chapters in a much larger book made out of similar books, in … Continue reading

Suicide of the West: Watchmakers vs Gardeners

I just received my copy of Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy, by Jonah Goldberg. The first thing I did was open it to a random page and read a random paragraph. What I  stumbled upon was corroboration of the idea I expressed in … Continue reading

Are the Natural Sciences More Open Minded than the Humanities?  

I had dinner last week with Greg Monge, the guy who turned me on to Jon Haidt, an event that was a turning point in my intellectual journey. We chatted about life and ideology, and we solved the world’s problems. We observed during the conversation that some of the most influential existential thinkers were natural … Continue reading

Kanye Broke Progressivism With Seven Words

This seven-word tweet by Kanye West will be looked back upon as the straw that broke the back of progressivism. I love the way Candace Owens thinks — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 21, 2018 Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) and Scott Adams understand this. In a Twitter thread Rubin observed:  “[Candace] doesn’t view victimhood as a virtue. And … Continue reading

Academia’s Consilience Crisis

Academia’s Consilience Crisis in Quillette on 4/8/18 addresses a topic I’ve encountered and written about. Academic social science is currently mired in a process and approach that narrows, rather than widens, its thinking. Here’s a quote from a prominent academic social scientist: My field is not very scholarly. We are focused on experiments and methods. … Continue reading

How To Fix American Universities

I suggest that it’s not WHAT people think that’s dividing the country, it’s HOW people think. The divide is not A Conflict of Visions or ideologies or sacred values per se. Those are effects.  It’s a conflict of  cognitive styles, psychological profiles, operating systems if you will. These are the causes from which the effects follow. … Continue reading

Liberalism’s Foundational Premises Are Anti-Science Magical Thinking

The mind is a blank slate at birth. Everything we believe about right and wrong is learned either from formal education or from experience. Humans are driven mostly by conscious reason. Our ability to reason evolved to help us make better decisions and to find truth. Reason is the path to moral truth, and it … Continue reading

The Bluer the County the Higher the Murder Rate

Murder rates in the U.S. by county. (1). Counties that voted for Hillary (blue) and Trump (red) in the 2016 presidential election. (2) Margin of victory (height of column) of each candidate in the blue and red counties. (3) Zip codes in which the population is the most clueless about mainstream white (4) America (5). These are the country’s most prosperous, most highly educated ZIPs … 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