Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Different Hues, Identical Views =/= "Diversity"

Interesting that the explanation of "bias" occurs to psych-os so readily, but not so much when it comes to the obvious bias against conservatives.

Or so says John Haidt, in this speech here, nicely power pointed. Terrific talk, < 30 mins. In fact, one of the best talks I have ever seen.

And John Tierney wrote about it, and the New York Times published it. I'm pinching myself. Must be dreaming.

Some little pieces on this debate in which I have had a voice.






Mr. Overwater? Thoughts?

(Nod to Neanderbill)


Mr. Overwater said...

Hello Mungowitz,

I've actually been reading Haidt's stuff for a while. It's pretty interesting. You and your readers might find this article interesting where he finds that libertarians are more like liberals than they are like conservatives in many ways:

Like the author, I was pleased at how open the association was to his input. I think there is a higher proportion of conservatives in APSA, but I don't know that APSA would react positively during the same meeting as the speech.

I did read the NYT article, but I haven't seen the PowerPoint yet. I teach tonight so I'll try to comment tomorrow. Another conservative social psychologist to take a look at is Phil Tetlock.

Mungowitz said...


Student said...

Hello Dr. Mungowitz,

I am a junior college student, studying economics, in Southern California. I wanted to leave a comment expressing general appreciation to you and Angus for the blog.

I found this video and article particularly interesting as it struck close to home for me. During high school I was very liberal and very confrontational--and also very ignorant--in regards to political discourse. I feel this blog, amongst others, has really helped me look at the world a bit more objectively.

Over the last two years I have become very disillusioned w/the "liberals" of SoCal. The answer to every pressing social or economic problem: more government. There is an abundance of very blatant intellectual dishonesty and laziness in contemporary liberalism. I never felt that way growing up. It always seemed like liberals or democrats had people's best interest in mind. They always came off as very intelligent and articulate--and most importantly, objective. I have come to discover the aforementioned statement is the exception in contemporary liberalism, not the rule.

I apologize if this came off as rambling. I just wanted to comment, thank you guys for the insights and say that I'm looking forward to future posts.

Anonymous said...

Great find!

Dr. Jonathan Haidt spends a whole lot of time discussing the idea of getting trapped in one's group-think, sacred belief systems, and the makes the comment that he does about Anthropomorphic Global Hooey in slide #18; does he not see the dramatic irony there.

But then the kicker is slide #40, bulletpoint "A". Quite possibly the real motive behind tellng his own tribal community things that they do not want to hear. It's either that or, as a centerist, he realises that this is a necessary bone he feels compelled to throw to the tribe so that they'll consider his ideas.

Anonymous said...

Haidt compares conservatives in academia to closeted gays - really??? Kindof an off-target analogy for a psychologist.

Mr. Overwater said...

Here's a less sympathetic reaction:

A commenter on that article says that libertarians are overrepresented in academia relative to the general population. I don't know of any evidence on this point, but it feels* right to me.

Do any of you have information on either proportion (academia or general population)?

* When I say "feel" it's weaker than even saying I believe something. All I'm reporting is my purely subjective reaction.