How to Train an Elephant

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How To Train an Elephant

The elephant can never be convinced by a rational argument to simply change its mind, but it can be trained to react to situations differently. The Elephant represents our instincts and our intuitions, our “gut feel,” and our instant, automatic, feeling of like or dislike, approach or avoid, fight or flee.  Automatic reactions happen in the … Continue reading

Post Script

Each of the posts in this essay is really just an abstract for a potentially much longer exploration of the topic it contains, which could be supported by the latest findings of social science research as well as by history. I think that not only could this  essay thus be expanded into a book-length report, I … 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