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Psychology Today writer slams left-wing media.


From Psychology Today…

The first thing I would say to Rob is not to waste his valuable time reading the Guardian. As I explain in earlier posts, by the American standards, all British newspapers are tabloids which routinely make things up and report them as facts, because they interpret “freedom of the press” to mean that they can write and publish anything they want entirely unconstrained by the truth. And the Guardian is by far the worst offender in this regard. You cannot believe anything you read in the Guardian, or any other British newspaper. It’s best to ignore them all.

Nevertheless, I like Rob’s post on this because of its title: “It’s only “good science” if the message is politically correct.” This perfectly captures the reaction to both evolutionary psychology and intelligence research from scientists and civilians alike. Any study that demonstrates that there are innate sex or race differences is a priori “bad science.” Any study that demonstrates that there are no innate sex or race differences is a priori “good science.” They feel they do not need to read and examine the actual study; they feel they can evaluate the quality of the study from its conclusions. I was vaguely aware of this in my own experiences, but had never thought to express it as succinctly and elegantly as Rob did.

There is nothing a priori in science. Science does not have foregone conclusions. Scientists must be open to any conclusion supported by logic and evidence. Once again, there is no place for politics (or anything else) in science, only logic and evidence. The quality of science – the distinction between “good science” and “bad science” – does not depend on its conclusions but on the logic and evidence supporting them. No scientific conclusions can be good or bad, sexist, racist, offensive, reactionary, or dangerous; they can only be true or false. No other adjectives apply.