Researcher Condemns Conformity Among His Peers

Nicholas Wade, New York Times, July 23, 2009

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The strength of this urge to conform can silence even those who have good reason to think the majority is wrong. {snip} Then you’ll bear the less comfortable label of “maverick,” which is only a few stops short of “scapegoat” or “pariah.”

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{snip} Though they sprout up in every country, they [academic monocultures] may be a particular problem in Confucian-influenced cultures that prize conformity and respect for elders. {snip}

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{snip} “We still have whole domains we can’t talk about,” Dr. Bouchard said, referring to the psychology of differences between races and sexes.

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