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Political bias, explanatory depth, and narratives of progress

  • Steven Pinker (a1)

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Political bias has indeed been a distorter of psychology, not just in particular research areas but in an aversion to the explanatory depth available from politically fraught fields like evolution. I add two friendly amendments to the target article: (1) The leftist moral narrative may be based on zero-sum competition among identity groups rather than continuous progress; and (2) ideological bias should be dealt with not just via diversity of ideological factions but by minimizing the influence of ideology altogether.

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Pinker, S. (2002) The blank slate: The modern denial of human nature. Viking.
Pinker, S. (2005) Sex ed: The science of difference. The New Republic, February 14, 2005, pp. 15–17.
Pinker, S. (2011a) The better angels of our nature: Why violence has declined. Viking.
Pinker, Susan (2008) The sexual paradox: Men, women, and the real gender gap. Scribner.
Ridley, M. (2010) The rational optimist: How prosperity evolves. HarperCollins.

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