Category Archives: Academic Conflict

Conflict about Academic Freedom, Harassment and other issues of the Academy

Darwin’s Golden Rule

I really like this approach, by the great author of the Theory of Evolution Charles Darwin (1809-1892), for overcoming Confirmation Bias, our tendency to cherry pick data or information that supports our pre-existing ideas and prejudices and ignore or conveniently … Continue reading

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Why Did No One See It Coming?

Great article in Real World Economics by Asad Zaman: In the wake of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC 2007), the Queen of England asked academics at the London School of Economics why no one saw it coming. The US Congress … Continue reading

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Why Are Most Creative People Liberal?

A good friend of mine asked me this question, and it got me thinking. Clearly not all liberals are creative, so I approached the question by wondering why conservatives aren’t more creative? 🙂 And of course as a liberal, I … Continue reading

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Anti-Fragility and Safe Spaces/Trigger Warnings

I have been thinking about the current campus focus on safe spaces and trigger warnings about teaching sensitive material. I am not an academic, though I did once run a $700 million annual budget corporate training organization so I know … Continue reading

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Best Books on Conflict

Several people have recently asked me for a bibliography of books that have helped shaped my view of how to handle conflict. Here are some of them and as you will see many of them are not directly about conflict, … Continue reading

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Moral Foundations of Conservatives and Liberals: Building on Jonathan Haidt

I always found the Jonathan Haidt Moral Foundations work on the differences in the Moral Foundations of liberals and conservatives very useful. But I also had concerns that it missed some of the liberal moral concerns around Sanctity, Authority, Loyalty … Continue reading

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Dan Dennett on How to Argue with Opponents

I very much liked these four steps from philosopher Dan Dennett, in how to argue with strong opponents that pretty much reflects how I conducted my union negotiations on tough issues. Thanks to my friend Nigel for this: How to … Continue reading

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