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On today’s show, we explore how political bias in academia can solidify into orthodoxies that undermine truth-seeking and critical inquiry. We cover the pitfalls of political monocultures, the incentives for preserving them, and how increasing diversity is the best solution to this persistent problem. 

This episode is split into two parts. We’ll first listen to Jonathan Haidt’s edited summary of a seminal academic paper that helped lead to the founding of Heterodox Academy. The original paper, “Political Diversity Will Improve Social Psychological Science,” was published in Behavioral and Brain Sciences in 2015, and was written by Jonathan Haidt, Lee Jussim, Jose Duarte, Jarret Crawford, Phil Tetlock, and Charlotta Stern. 

In part 2, we speak with co-author Lee Jussim, Social Psychologist and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. Lee has published numerous articles and edited several books on social perception, accuracy, self-fulfilling prophecies, and stereotypes. 

For more from Lee, check out his Psychology Today blog called Rabble Rouser

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This episode was hosted by Zach Rausch, and produced by Davies Content.