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Why is academia more liberal than conservative?

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Very interesting post pointed out to me by Castlecraver: Why is academia liberal? From that link (though there’s lots more at the link):

One can argue that some fields of inquiry attract liberals [the social sciences, for example – LG], and others [business, for example – LG] attract conservatives. Some areas are built on liberal foundations, others on conservative foundations. So far, so good.

But, let’s look at apolitical departments. How about math, natural sciences, engineering, agriculture, medicine? One’s political views are not aired during the job interview, exposed in faculty meetings, do not show up in classroom teaching, do not get published in peer-reviewed journals. So, how come 90% of those faculty are also liberals/Democrats/Greens? Why are conservatives shunning these areas, or being shunned (if even recognized) by these departments? Is there something deeper going on here?

Answer at the link.

Written by Leisureguy

17 September 2008 at 8:42 am

Posted in Daily life, Education

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