Posted on July 24, 2009

Researcher Condemns Conformity Among His Peers

Nicholas Wade, New York Times, July 23, 2009


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.”


{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}


{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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