John Tierney at City Journal recently published a piece on the problems associated with a lack of viewpoint diversity in our universities and how this affects science. Yes, this issue extends beyond the concerns of a lowely criminologist and is now taken seriously by a range of scholars.
Tierney's writing is crisp and he does a good job in debunking some of the more exagerated claims made by liberal scholars. Indeed, he presents a relatively reasoned argument that the left's institutional dominance has resulted in entire fields becoming politicized. We know about the usual culprits, such as Women's Studies, ________ Studies, and sociology. But did you know that environmenal health has also been affected, as have other disciplines associated with the health sciences?
Political advocacy is a cancer to science.
You can read his piece here
You can also listen to a brief podcast/soundcast here
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