People With Greater Intellectual Humility Have Superior General Knowledge

by Christian Jarrett British Psychology Society edited by O Society May 26, 2019 In the era of social media and rolling news there’s a constant pressure to be in the know, always on hand with an aperçus or two. Today intellectual humility therefore feels more important than ever – having the insight and honesty to hold … Continue reading People With Greater Intellectual Humility Have Superior General Knowledge

Is Anti-Intellectualism Ever Good for Democracy?

Today’s backlash against intellectual life cannot simply be written off as a popular celebration of mindlessness. Adam Waters and E.J. Dionne, Jr. Dissent Winter 2019Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency and continues to govern as a man who is anti-intellectual, as well as anti-fact and anti-truth. “The experts are terrible,” Trump said while discussing foreign policy … Continue reading Is Anti-Intellectualism Ever Good for Democracy?

The Intellectual Yet Idiot

Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb What we have been seeing worldwide, from India to the UK to the US, is the rebellion against the inner circle of no-skin-in-the-game policymaking “clerks” and journalists-insiders, that class of paternalistic semi-intellectual experts with some Ivy league, Oxford-Cambridge, or similar label-driven education who are telling the rest … Continue reading The Intellectual Yet Idiot

What’s In It for Me?

Predicting America is inexorably headed for the rocks, historian Morris Berman cited four factors leading to the decline of our country: Growing social and economic inequality, declining returns on investment in societal structures, the erosion of intellectual standards and critical thinking, and what he calls the “spiritual death” of the country. Two decades later, Berman’s … Continue reading What’s In It for Me?