[Paleopsych] U.S. Scientists Say They Are Told to Alter Findings
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Wed Feb 16 21:09:55 UTC 2005
This is pretty alarming. I have long realized that certain facts will be
ignored (like innate racial differences in intelligence at the U.S. Dept.
of Education). I've realized that opposing viewpoints will not be listened
to (the unwinnability of the Viet Nam war). But to have facts altered is
It's further alarming, since I'm a free marketeer and look favorably upon
big business as being triumphs, a la Ayn Rand. I don't think of business
vs. the exploited workers and consumers. I'm not interested in equality
and do not care if CEOs make 10 or 1000 times what the workers make. I
have little sense of envy. I do not want to take from the productive and
give to the non-productive. I do not want to bilk tobacco companies for
the follies of smokers. All these sorts of things.
But this is more. What we're seeing is an extreme us-vs-them mentality,
where the businessmen now take this us-vs-them mentality into politics.
What THIS list needs to do is not to be alarmed or to groan or to argue
one side or the other but to EXPLAIN the widening polarity.
Tomorrow, in a different mood, I'm sure I can come up with an argument
that polarity is a good thing, that it has high entertainment value or
At a personal level, here at the U.S. Department of Education, it's a big
disappointment. Last week, I went to a talk by the Director of the Office
of Technology. She gave an excellent presentation. During the question
period I said that distinguishing good from bogus information on the Net
would be the singly most important skill to have in the world of 2025,
when the current crop of kids in school are out of school. The problem is
that the most important skill of all is very hard to measure. I urged that
when the No Child Left Behind Act gets extended to high school that the
law be made more flexible to take this difficulty of measurement into
She answered by saying that a two-day conference could be held on this
very topic and that I asked a great question. However, she thought that
schools that could be teaching this kind of skill need not fear running
afoul of NCLB. I spent 10-15 minutes talking with her after the meeting,
too. I followed up with some e-mails of highly relevant articles and
further thoughts of my own.
But since then: nothing. I think she got cold feet when she realized that
I might be dangerously independent (no, I'm not about to bring up race
differences) and would not tow the party line. I suspect that she, too,
wants to find out what the party line and then tow it, rather than even
hint that the party line needs clarification. No, I don't mean that she
really wants to do this--she clearly liked talking to me--but that she has
It is the case, in my experience anyhow, that Democrats are more
open-minded than Republicans. I say this even though I prefer Republican
policies, as least when there was a substantial difference. I think it's
because Democrats are much more goo-goo (good government) types and want
to improve something that they approve of, while Republicans want to
reduce or get rid of programs.
I sense a divisiveness that has grown beyond this, though, and it's a
theory about the rise and fall of divisiveness that I'd like to explore on
this list, NOT about "this is what I want the world to be."
On 2005-02-16, Michael Christopher opined [message unchanged below]:
> Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 11:50:07 -0800 (PST)
> From: Michael Christopher <anonymous_animus at yahoo.com>
> Reply-To: The new improved paleopsych list <paleopsych at paleopsych.org>
> To: paleopsych at paleopsych.org
> Subject: [Paleopsych] U.S. Scientists Say They Are Told to Alter Findings
> U.S. Scientists Say They Are Told to Alter Findings
> More than 200 Fish and Wildlife researchers cite cases
> where conclusions were reversed to weaken protections
> and favor business, a survey finds.
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