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02-08-2013, 07:06 PM
Political discrimination among academics?
“Anywhere in the world that social psychologists see women or minorities underrepresented by a factor of two or three, our minds jump to discrimination as the explanation. But when we find out that conservatives are underrepresented among us (academics) by a factor of more than 100, suddenly everyone finds it quite easy to generate alternate explanations.”

- Jonathan Haidt

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02-08-2013, 07:21 PM (This post was last modified: 02-08-2013 07:35 PM by GirlyMan.)
RE: Political discrimination among academics?
(02-08-2013 07:06 PM)janthuffy Wrote:  Thoughts?

Sure, I'll play your game Trebek. 2-3x under-representation might indicate a possible societal bias which should probably be examined. 2 orders of magnitude under-representation indicates outright intellectual dismissal. But you gotta work hard in order to earn that.
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02-08-2013, 07:31 PM (This post was last modified: 02-08-2013 07:43 PM by Chas.)
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(02-08-2013 07:06 PM)janthuffy Wrote:  “Anywhere in the world that social psychologists see women or minorities underrepresented by a factor of two or three, our minds jump to discrimination as the explanation. But when we find out that conservatives are underrepresented among us (academics) by a factor of more than 100, suddenly everyone finds it quite easy to generate alternate explanations.”

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One could conclude that the politically conservative are less open-minded, therefore less creative, therefore less likely to achieve success in academe.

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02-08-2013, 09:41 PM
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(02-08-2013 07:31 PM)Chas Wrote:  
(02-08-2013 07:06 PM)janthuffy Wrote:  “Anywhere in the world that social psychologists see women or minorities underrepresented by a factor of two or three, our minds jump to discrimination as the explanation. But when we find out that conservatives are underrepresented among us (academics) by a factor of more than 100, suddenly everyone finds it quite easy to generate alternate explanations.”

- Jonathan Haidt

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One could conclude that the politically conservative are less open-minded, therefore less creative, therefore less likely to achieve success in academe.

Could that not be said for women and minorities in particular fields where they are underrepresented?
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02-08-2013, 09:45 PM
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(02-08-2013 07:21 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  Sure, I'll play your game Trebek. 2-3x under-representation might indicate a possible societal bias which should probably be examined.

Or perhaps such a slight underrepresentation could be accepted as natural.

(02-08-2013 07:21 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  2 orders of magnitude under-representation indicates outright intellectual dismissal.

Or perhaps such a grand underrepresentation indicates discrimination.
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02-08-2013, 09:51 PM
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when you say conservative I read disproved...

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02-08-2013, 10:23 PM
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(02-08-2013 09:41 PM)janthuffy Wrote:  
(02-08-2013 07:31 PM)Chas Wrote:  One could conclude that the politically conservative are less open-minded, therefore less creative, therefore less likely to achieve success in academe.

Could that not be said for women and minorities in particular fields where they are underrepresented?

In a word. No.

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02-08-2013, 10:26 PM
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(02-08-2013 10:23 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  
(02-08-2013 09:41 PM)janthuffy Wrote:  Could that not be said for women and minorities in particular fields where they are underrepresented?

In a word. No.

Why not? Because you say so?
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