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Friday, October 20, 2006


Unlike a significant fraction of the population, I don't have a hard time understanding why academics vote progressive -- apparently some 3/4 of the time. Instapundit claims it occurs because of a lack of "diversity". What he attributes to group-think of some sort, I actually believe amounts to intelligence and plain logic mixed with critical thinking. In other words, things you learn at the university level.

This number does not differ much from a report released last year, and with the possibility of even higher numbers on the elite campuses.

And it goes back even further:
At the birth of Western culture, a teacher called Socrates was executed for filling "young people's heads with the wrong ideas."


Professor Blogger odograph said...

You don't think "self selection" is a factor?

It always struck me that people supporting non-market solutions might work in non-market solutions ... and vis-versa.

8:14 AM  
Professor Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or more generally, isn't it OBVIOUS why the print media are more left wing than tv and radio? Print necessarily appeals to the functionally literate.

10:24 AM  
Professor Blogger WHT said...

Self selection cannot be uncorrelated from intellectual cream rising to the top.

9:53 PM  
Professor Blogger odograph said...

LOL, don't you mean "self satisfaction" in that last one?

I do have some sympathy for your position, but human self-understanding is never that simple ;-)

8:29 AM  

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