Liberal Bias Distorts Scientific Psychology (and Education)
Bad Science and Bad Teaching
Posted Aug 19, 2014
I posted this blog a couple of days ago, and made the unmitigated mistake of forgetting to post the disclaimer that I wrote for all such blogs:
As a result, most of the first several comments (through 8/20/14) are all about liberal-defending or liberal-bashing. That is not what this blog series is about, and it is not what the papers posted below are about. I almost never take down comments, because I like keeping them as a sort of written record of people's thought processes and reactions which sometimes strike me as ... quite strange.
Anyway, I request that you read the disclaimer above (it is a clickable link), if you have not already done so, before proceeding to the rest of this blog entry.
This is the abstract of an article I recently had accepted at Behavioral and Brain Sciences, one of the highest impact journals in psychology:
You can find the full article here: http://crawford.pages.tcnj.edu/files/2011/12/duarte-et-al-IN-PRESS.pdf
That is actually the Publications page of Dr. Jarret Crawford. If you are interested in these issues, you might be interested in the rest of his page: http://crawford.pages.tcnj.edu/teaching/ (I realize this says “teaching” but that is some web screwup – it is his publications page).
Dr. Crawford is a model of how to conduct research on politicized topics without allowing one’s personal politics to interfere. He is quite explicit about being personally quite liberal, yet he routinely finds, and, more important, reports without left-serving spin, results that demonstrate liberals are generally just as intolerant and biased as conservatives, and sometimes more so.
You can find another one of my recent papers on these topics here: http://www.sydneysymposium.unsw.edu.au/2014/chapters/JussimSSSP2014.pdf
Here is the abstract:
OTHER GREAT RESOURCES
Dr. John Chambers’ publication page: http://johnchambersslu.weebly.com/publications.html
Dr. Chambers has a slew of papers that contest the dominant leftwing narratives in social psychology. For example, like Dr. Crawford, he finds that conservatives are just as prejudiced as are liberals – just against different groups. He has great work contesting a published claim that conservatives are happier than liberals because conservatives “rationalize away inequality.” He has other great work showing that both liberals and conservatives tend to exaggerate each other’s positions (i.e., don’t believe what a liberal claims about conservatives, or what conservatives claim about liberals). Like Dr. Crawford, his work allows the data to say what they have to say – regardless of which “side” they “vindicate.”
And here is a link to essentially a blog based on a talk given by Dr. Michael Munger. He is a political scientist trained as an economist, a former chair of political science at Duke, and an award-winning teacher. One of those teaching awards was from the NAACP for the quality of his teaching on race:
It is titled “Our higher education system fails leftist students.”
Short version – the dominance of the left on campus means they rarely are challenged to justify their views, and thus end up with an unjustifiably simplistic and often smug view of liberals’ inherent superiority. This sits well with many liberal faculty but ultimately does the students a disservice. It often leads to atrophied logical and reasoning skills resulting from lack of challenge, and leaves many ill-suited to engage in public political discourse about contentious issues in an intelligent, informed, or sensible manner