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The Dupe Army or the True Taste Restaurant

In the past I’ve sung the praises of Eric Weinstein’s quality of mind, i.e. his intellectual honesty and rigor pervading eclectic interests that are never monomaniacal. Though its always a pleasure to listen to Eric talk on any topic I want to direct your attention to the Cartesian graph he first mentioned about a year ago on…

Jonathan Haidt on the Cultural Roots of Campus Rage

Bari Weiss chats with Jonathan Hait. I joke that NYU seems to have its own version of the morality police in Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia. “It’s like East Germany,” Mr. Haidt replies—with students, at least some of them, playing the part of the Stasi. I think that the ‘deplorables’ comment could well have changed the…

Microaggression and “I smell the blood of les tricoteuses”

Check out this symposium on microaggression featuring Scott Lilienfeld, Jonathan Haidt, Derald Wing Sue, and others in Perspectives on Psychological Science (all the papers are open access). While on a psychology note, the funniest and sadly, the most insightful tweet on this day in my feed, is from the Gadfather — shades of Trigglypuff Mk2? Aside from Gad, other notable voices of…

Liberalizing Liberalism

I hesitate to use the word “intellectual” because those that comprise the list below (a) don’t conform to the usual “professional” thinker profile and (b) derivatively, wouldn’t want to be tarnished by this now cheapened label (i.e. The Intellectual Yet Idiot). The names listed below are insightful and most are very funny and entertaining. These people are distinguished first…