A study on conservatism and “psychoticism” was
retracted (UPDATE: corrected with an published erratum) earlier this year, when the researchers reported that they wrongly coded a variable. Their data actually showed a positive correlation between liberalism and “psychoticism.” Psychoticism here simply means less respect for rules and order, and hence the scare quotes. Jesse Singal investigated further, and has a new story on why it took four years for the retraction to occur.
The Aspen Ideas Festival and The Atlantic hosted a debate entitled “Academic Freedom, Safe Spaces, Dissent, and Dignity,” with representatives from Yale, Wesleyan, Mizzou, and the University of Chicago. Also present were Jonathan Greenblatt of the ADAL; Kirsten Powers, author of The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech; and Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of FIRE. Conor Friedersdorf reported on the highlights of the debate for The Atlantic.
Are the free-speech attitudes of college students also found in the population at large? Foundation for Individual Rights and Education (FIRE) sent three interns to the center of Philadelphia to interview locals and find out.
Filmmaker Rob Montz visited his alma mater Brown University to find out what happened to free speech on campus. Here is his short documentary, which includes interviews with Heterodox Academy member and Brown economist Glenn Loury.