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Robert Musil on stupidity

A recent freely available article by sociologist Bo Isenberg entitled “A modern calamity – Robert Musil on stupidity” in Journal of Classical Sociology. This voluntary subordination might be dispassionate or fanatical and relates to not only collective ideologies, nationalism and totalitarianism but also excessive rationalism. To Musil, nationalism and totalitarianism are manifestations of the most treacherous forms…

Are Political Orientations Genetically Transmitted?

Interesting — I hadn’t come across this paper before. (H/T Steve Stewart Williams). I need to assimilate the implications for a chapter I’ve been working on entitled “Pathologizing Ideology, Epistemic Modesty and Instrumental Rationality.” [T]he substantive findings we present here offer a direct challenge to common assumptions and interpretations that political attitudes and behavioral tendencies are shaped…

Why It Took Social Science Years to Correct a Simple Error About ‘Psychoticism’

Causality questions aside, you’re still arguing that according to your data impulsive people who dislike rules are more conservative. Full write up here. (An aside: when the target article was first published, so many of my “sophisticate and rational” friends and academic colleagues predictably revealed their crude confirmation biases via their social media virtue-signaling). confirmation…