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This Explains – and Changes – Everything

Each year Edge.org asks a “big” question, gathers responses to it from some of today’s most important thinkers, and publishes the results in a book.  In this post I propose one idea in response to three recent annual questions. The annual question for 2014 was What scientific idea is ready for retirement? The responses were published in … Continue reading

Other Brief Thoughts: Haidt’s Yin/Yang, Moral Thinking, and Advice to Democrats

I disagree somewhat with Haidt’s characterization of the relationship between liberalism and conservatism as that of Yin/Yang.  I think yin/yang, rightly understood, is the check and balance between the three individualizing foundations and the three binding foundations that is inherent to the six-foundation morality, and is exemplified by the concept of the Milwaukee Theme Park (described … 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