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A 'Post Truth Era'?

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The Humphrey Principle

> Not surprisingly, there is no simple solution.

After a half dozen years of futile war in Vietnam, with nothing to show for our expenditure of lives, money, prestige and good will, with the entire world wondering whether America had gone mad, the question was put to Vice President Hubert Humphrey: Why not just acknowledge that we made a mistake -- that we should just put our soldiers on board ships and bring them home and forget the stupid war?

The Vice President's reply represents the same political wisdom which prevents the solution of today's problems:

"We must not look for easy solutions." - Hubert H. Humphrey

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The Humphrey Principle

If the spirit of your comment here is to say that my analysis is dangerous in that it justifies us all shrugging and saying..."Who knows...after all it is complicated", then let me be clear it was not my intention. My intention was for people who have strong opinions about complicated situations for which they do not have expert knowledge to be more engaged in dialogue and to recognize the complexity and polarization of the times. I agree that there are issues we should be taking a stand on. But that must be tempered with sophisticated reflection.

I agree with aspects of this critique, but I must admit is lost some of its appeal when I clicked on the source and found what the Humphrey Principle was being used to justify, at least in the linked context...here is what follows from the above...

"If mother-headed homes generate most of our crime, delinquency, illegitimacy, educational failure, drug addiction, infantilism, gang violence, sexual confusion and demoralization--as they demonstrably do--why should not our society adopt policies which make fathers heads of families?"

If you are arguing for this position and claiming that this is so obviously true that anyone that who would debate it has head in the sand, then I would strongly disagree!

Best,
Gregg

Yes but no

Being that the usa has a bipartisan system maybe maybe. However over here in France say we have the left the right and extremes of those, not forgetting the centre so.

Of course that's only politics.

Unhappily i do regret that in other domains like psychiatry we are becoming more americain every day.

André

Bravo

Bravo, sir, on this article. If it were in my power, I would make this required reading for every human on the planet, with discussion groups to follow. Well done.

Thank you

I appreciate the kind words. Thanks.
Gregg

It is true that the world is

It is true that the world is a complicated place, but I also think that academia plays a role in making this situation worse than it needs to be. Incentives within universities encourage faculty to become top experts on a specific topic. In achieving this goal, they often get to the point where they communicate effectively with only 20 or 30 other people in the world. Einstein said: “if you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” There are not enough incentives in the university system for promoting broad understanding.

It is true that the world is

It is true that the world is a complicated place, but I also think that academia plays a role in making this situation worse than it needs to be. Incentives within universities encourage faculty to become top experts on a specific topic. In achieving this goal, they often get to the point where they communicate effectively with only 20 or 30 other people in the world. Einstein said: “if you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” There are not enough incentives in the university system for promoting broad understanding.

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Gregg Henriques, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at James Madison University.

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